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A man who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping of a baby, which was cut off by his neighbor, shot his girlfriend, and lie to the police about receiving a new hearing, after the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the original sentence is not in line with the elements of the crime.
William Hoehn, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping, was given a life sentence, because the judge in the case granted prosecutors request to designate him a dangerous special offender, which carries a life sentence.
Savannah, Greywind was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her apartment in north Fargo, in August of 2017. Her body was found later in the Red River. And her baby was cut from her womb, but survived the attack.
Savannah, Greywind, 22, was eight months pregnant when she was murdered by her neighbor, and her baby cut from her womb: in the Aug. 2017. Her body was found in the Red River.
Instead of imposing the maximum penalty of 21 years in prison on the kidnapping charge, Judge Tom Olson, designated Hoehn is a dangerous special offender, which carries a maximum sentence of life with possibility of parole, for which he would be eligible in 25 to 30 years of age.
The district attorney’s request was based on the Hoehn’s prior conviction of child abuse in 2012, when his son, suffered multiple fractures to his head after being in Hoehn’s care.
Hoehn, 34, has lodged an appeal against his sentence, arguing that the district court erroneously labeled him as a dangerous offender because the crimes to which he pled guilty, not a serious threat to the life of a person, and that he had no similar prior convictions. Hoehn also stated that the court does not adequately advise him of the potential sentencing consequences of entering a guilty plea, KFYR reported, citing court documents.
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The state Supreme Court affirmed the conviction, but said that a comparison of the elements of the kidnapping of the crime, the child abuse charge, from 2012, does not support the conclusion that the two offences were the same, so it is a dangerous special offender, the label is unsubstantiated.
Hoehn’s lawyer Kiara Kraus-Parr said that it was a “pretty clear case” and she was “cautiously optimistic” for the customer experience.
“I think the state overreached in what they are paying for, as far as a special dangerous offender,” she told The Associated Press.
Hoehn’s resentencing could occur as soon as within the next two weeks, contrary to the prosecution’s request for a new hearing.
Hoehn’s friend, Brooke Crew, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The crew of 40, has told the jury in the Hoehn test, that they have false pregnancy, because she didn’t want to Hoehn to the end of their relationship, but when he finds out that she was lying, he was telling her she needed “to have a baby”, which the Crew interpreted as an “ultimatum.”
The crew said that they were never explicitly told Hoehn what’s she going to do when he got home, he saw Greywind bleed out and die, along with her new-born baby, and he was playing with a rope tied around Greywind’s neck in order to make sure that she was dead. A coroner was unable to determine the cause of death was strangulation or blood loss.
Hoehn denied any knowledge of the Crews’ plan to kill Greywind, and the baby, but he also admitted that he had concealed the new-born infant, and gave false information to law enforcement in order to cover the crime.
Greywind, 22, who was a member of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, and her family has had ties with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
Her death sparked outrage from native activists who have called on Congress to pass a bill, Savannah’s Band, led by former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat. The bill was under consideration, it would improve tribal access to federal crime information databases, and the creation of standardized protocols for responding to cases of missing and murdered indigenous women.
Greywind is now-2-year-old daughter, Haisley, Jo, is living with her grandmother and grandfather, in the vicinity of the Red River, not far from the place in which Greywind’s body was found.
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Norberta Greywind, Haisley, Jo’s grandmother pleaded with the judge to impose the maximum sentence on the Hoehn and let him walk free again.
“My life has been changed forever. As for Savannah, the daughter of the man trying to take her in and raise her as his own. He said that the days spent with my grand-daughter was the happiest day of his life. How sick is that?” she said at the sentencing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.