WDAY: FARGO — William Hoehn was ordered Monday, Oct. 29, to spend life in prison with a chance of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby, which was violently cut from her womb in August 2017.
Hoehn, 33, and his ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, 39, were charged with conspiring to murder 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnapping her baby.
Hoehn pleaded guilty to the felony charge of kidnapping, as well as a misdemeanor count of lying to police, but maintained he wasn’t guilty of conspiring to murder LaFontaine-Greywind. A nine-day trial in September ended when a jury acquitted Hoehn on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
The maximum prison sentence on the kidnapping charge was 20 years, and the charge of lying to police carried a maximum sentence of 360 days.
However, at the prosecution’s request, Cass County District Judge Tom Olson ruled at Monday’s sentencing that Hoehn is a dangerous offender, which enhanced Hoehn’s maximum potential sentence to life in prison.
Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Hoehn to life in prison with the chance of parole. The defense recommended a sentence of seven years in prison and five years of probation.
During the hearing, Hoehn apologized to the Greywind family and the community. As he tried to explain his actions or inactions, Hoehn said, “The short answer is there is no good short answer.”
In an outburst in the courtroom, a woman yelled at Hoehn: “You’re still a monster, and you still have blood on your hands.”
In December, Crews pleaded guilty to her charges and is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole. She testified during Hoehn’s trial that there was never an explicit plan between her and Hoehn to kill LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight months pregnant, and kidnap her baby.
Important aspects of the trial included medical examiner testimony that couldn’t pinpoint the exact cause and time of LaFontaine-Greywind’s death. In addition, the defense presented a timeline that placed Hoehn at the crime scene possibly after LaFontaine-Greywind had died.
LaFontaine-Greywind went missing from her north Fargo apartment on Aug. 19, 2017. Police found her baby, alive and healthy, on Aug. 24, 2017, in an upstairs apartment that Crews and Hoehn shared. Kayakers discovered LaFontaine-Greywind’s body in the Red River on Aug. 27, 2017.