Convicted baby kidnapper in Greywind case appeals to the ND Supreme Court

Published: May. 28, 2019 at 10:07 PM CDT
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The Fargo man convicted of kidnapping a newborn baby in 2017, is appealing his life sentence to the state Supreme Court.

William Hoehn pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping in connection to the death of Savanna Greywind. He was acquitted of conspiracy to commit murder.

Greywind was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her north Fargo apartment in August of 2017. Her body was later found in the Red River.

A judge sentenced Hoehn to life in prison with the possibility of parole and his former girlfriend, Brooke Crews to life without parole for her conviction in her conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Tuesday justices heard the case. Hoehn argues he was incorrectly designated a special dangerous offender because the crimes he pleaded guilty to did not seriously endanger the life of another, nor had he been convicted of a similar crime previously. Court documents say Hoehn believes the District Court didn’t advise him of the possible sentencing ramifications of entering a guilty plea.

Tuesday the attorney representing the state mentioned in court that if the baby would’ve died, she likely would’ve ended up in the Red River too. The attorney mentioned the insane and chaotic crime scene Hoehn walked into and says this case meets the criteria of seriously endangering another.

Hoehn’s court-appointed attorney said in court Tuesday it was a terrible crime scene, but Hoehn did care for the child and “specifically went out and got food, diapers, and clothing."