Sentencing date set for Hoehn in baby-snatching murder case
FARGO — A sentencing date of 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, has been slated in the case of William Hoehn, who's pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit kidnapping and one count of lying to police in the death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.
Hoehn was acquitted at trial in September on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of LaFontaine-Greywind.
A jury in Cass County District Court found Hoehn did not conspire with his then-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, to kill the 22-year-old Fargo woman, who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her north Fargo apartment building on Aug. 19, 2017.
LaFontaine-Greywind's body was found eight days later in the Red River. Her infant daughter was found healthy Aug. 24, 2017, in the apartment Hoehn and Crews shared, upstairs from where the victim lived.
Crews pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and lying to police. She is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole.
Crews testified at Hoehn's trial that Hoehn strangled LaFontaine-Greywind at a point after Crews cut her baby from her womb and was unsure whether LaFontaine-Greywind was still alive.
Medical examiners testified they could not determine for sure whether LaFontaine-Greywind died from strangulation, or loss of blood from an out-of-hospital cesarean section.
The maximum penalty Hoehn faces for the conspiracy to commit kidnapping charge is 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for the lying to police charge is 360 days.
Prosecutors have declined to say what sentence they will request from Judge Tom Olson.