Fargo man convicted in cut-from-womb kidnapping case has sentence reduced
Oct. 07, 2019
FARGO — William Hoehn, who was originally ordered to serve life in prison for his role in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby, was resentenced to spend 20 years behind bars on Monday.
Hoehn appeared in Cass County District Court, where Judge Tom Olson sentenced him on one felony charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one misdemeanor charge of giving false information to police.
Hoehn pleaded guilty to both charges in connection with the death of 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind in 2017, who was pregnant when she was killed and her baby was cut from her womb.
LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby, Haisley Jo, survived the ordeal and now lives with her family.
Brooke Crews, Hoehn’s former girlfriend, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit kidnapping stemming from LaFontaine-Greywind’s death. She is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Hoehn pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit murder and was acquitted by a jury after a trial in September 2018.
At his October 2018 sentencing hearing, Hoehn was designated as a “dangerous special offender” by Judge Olson at the request of the prosecution. Prosecutors asked for the status based on Hoehn’s 2012 conviction in a case that involved serious injury to a child. The designation enhanced Hoehn’s maximum sentence from 20 years to life.
Hoehn appealed the dangerous special offender status, and in August 2019 the North Dakota Supreme Court found that the status was not appropriate and ordered a resentencing for Hoehn without the designation.
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