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FARGO — Many people presume that Brooke Lynn Crews will spend the rest of her life in prison because of her role in the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and the abduction of her newborn baby. But is that a certainty? Legal experts say it is not. Crews pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and providing false information to police. She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Frank Racek at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in Cass County District Court.
FARGO — The trial of William Henry Hoehn, charged in the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and the abduction of her newborn baby, has been postponed until May. The trial was originally scheduled to start March 20, but Judge Tom Olson and attorneys in the case agreed at a status conference on Tuesday, Jan. 16, that the date was unrealistic because of information that still needs to be obtained and the desire to send a questionnaire to prospective jurors. After the conference, a new trial start date of May 15 was set.
In April 2015, members of Girl Scout Troop 34001 went before the Grand Forks City Council to request that council members enact an ordinance prohibiting the idling of vehicles for longer than three minutes, five minutes when the temperature is below freezing. The Girl Scouts also suggested the city post "no idling" signs near schools, since parents often sit in their cars, engines running, waiting to pick up their kids. They told the council such efforts would save money and help the environment.
FARGO — Brooke Lynn Crews, who pleaded guilty last week to murdering Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and abducting her newborn daughter, said in a letter from the Cass County Jail, "I am ashamed of what I've done" and that she intends to apologize to the victim's family in person at her sentencing. The letter came in response to a letter written by this reporter requesting a jailhouse interview with Crews. It was the second such letter sent. The first was sent Sept. 27 but received no reply. The second was sent on Dec. 12, the day after Crews pleaded guilty.
FARGO — Brooke Lynn Crews, one of two suspects charged in connection with the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and the abduction of her baby, was arraigned in court on Thursday, Sept. 28, and her attorney entered not guilty pleas on her behalf. Crews, 38, and her live-in boyfriend, William Henry Hoehn, 32, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and providing false information to police. They are each being held at Cass County Jail on $2 million bail.
FARGO — What exactly happened to Savanna Marie LaFontaine-Greywind? When will we know? Will we ever know? Her story has riveted Fargo-Moorhead and the region, and has drawn the attention of people across the country and around the world, so much so that she's become known simply as "Savanna." Yet, we still know remarkably little about what happened. When did she die? How and where was she killed? When was her baby born? How did it come into the world? Was it born naturally, induced early, or taken from her violently?
FARGO – Ashton Matheny, boyfriend of the slain Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, said DNA test results have confirmed that he and LaFontaine-Greywind are the parents of the newborn baby found in the apartment of the two suspects charged in the case. “She’s mine,” he said on Monday, Sept. 11.