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Bond set at $500,000 for murder suspect

Kevin Michael Hoff

Kevin Hoff made his initial appearance in Southeast District Court in Jamestown Tuesday morning after being charged with murder.

Hoff, 27, is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife Nicole Gututala, 25, Jamestown, on Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the apartment building in which she lived with their two children.

Hoff was charged with murder, a Class AA felony, Monday afternoon by Stutsman County State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen. The maximum penalty for a Class AA felony is life in prison.

Judge Jay Schmidt said if Hoff is found guilty or pleads guilty to murder, under the 85 percent rule he would serve 30 years and would have to serve a minimum of four years in prison.

Schmidt set Hoff’s bond at $500,000 cash. He also included a request from Fremgen that if Hoff is able to post the bond, he is to have no contact with his sister and the court reporter from the divorce proceedings between Hoff and Gututala. Fremgen said the court reporter felt threatened by Hoff in communications she had with him in which Hoff said the court reporter’s record of the divorce proceedings was inaccurate.

Hoff said he didn’t want any bond and applied for a court-appointed attorney.

No date has been set for a preliminary hearing.

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

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