Life sentence thrown out by ND Supreme Court for man convicted of kidnapping Savanna Greywind's baby

Published: Aug. 22, 2019 at 1:17 PM CDT
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The North Dakota Supreme Court has vacated the life sentence of William Hoehn on a charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the case of Savanna Greywind's murder, and remanded for re-sentencing.

34-year old Hoehn pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to law enforcement, though a jury later acquitted him of conspiracy to commit murder.

Last October a judge sentenced Hoehn to life with parole. Hoehn appealed the sentencing to the Supreme Court, arguing the district court incorrectly labeling him as a “dangerous special offender.”

Hoehn also contended the district court applied life-sentence guidelines that didn’t follow statute, failed to advise him of his maximum sentence prior to his plea change, and incorrectly labeled one of his charges.

In a ruling filed Thursday, Justice Jerod Tufte writes that the high court ruled the lower court should not have labeled him as a “dangerous special offender,” meaning the highest penalty he could face would be 20 years in prison.

The court upheld the conviction, and ruled the other issues moot. According to online records, Hoehn is currently in custody in an out-of-state facility.

A new sentencing date has not been set.

The co-defendant in the case, 40-year-old Brooke Crews, is currently serving life without parole for her role in Greywind’s death.

Greywind's body was found in the Red River in 2017.

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