Possible Parole for Guy in 'Baby Cut From Womb' Case

But William Hoehn does get a life sentence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 29, 2018 6:06 PM CDT
Sentence Handed Down in 'Baby Cut From Womb' Case
In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, William Hoehn testifies in District Court in Fargo, N.D., during his trial for conspiracy to commit murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old who's baby was cut from her womb.   (Michael Vosburg/The Forum via AP, Pool, File)

(Newser) – A North Dakota man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for conspiring to kidnap a baby that his girlfriend had cut from their neighbor's body and lying to police about it, but with a chance at parole that the slain woman's mother said he should not have, the AP reports. "We want justice. He deserves a life sentence. I don't think this man should ever walk free," Norberta Greywind, mother of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind of Fargo, says of William Hoehn. "He betrayed our family. He looked us in the eye with a straight face while our daughter lay dead in his apartment. Please don't ever consider letting him out." Hoehn, 33, was found not guilty last month of conspiracy to commit murder in Savanna Greywind's August 2017 death.

Brooke Crews admitted that she sliced Greywind's baby from her womb and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole in that killing. Hoehn denied knowing anything about Crews' plan to kill Greywind and take her baby. But he admitted to hiding the newborn and giving false information to law enforcement to cover up the crime. Hoehn apologized during the hearing, saying his actions were "impossible to justify." He said, "I could have and should have brought closure to this tragedy as soon as possible. Instead, I made it worse by helping." Hoehn had faced a maximum 21 years behind bars on the conspiracy and lying counts. Click for the full story, or read about the verdict in the "Mansion Murders" case.

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