North Dakota court overturns life term in cut from womb case
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has thrown out the life sentence given to a man whose girlfriend cut the baby from the womb of an unsuspecting neighbor.
William Hoehn, of Fargo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the August 2017 attack on Savanna Greywind, who died of her injuries but whose baby survived. He entered the plea before a jury acquitted him of conspiracy to commit murder.
Hoehn’s girlfriend, Brooke Crews, admitted that she sliced Greywind’s baby from her womb.
Hoehn had faced a maximum 21 years behind bars, but Judge Tom Olson granted prosecutors’ request to label Hoehn a dangerous offender, enhancing his maximum sentence to life with the possibility of parole.
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoehn shouldn’t have received that designation and ordered that he be resentenced.
This story has been corrected to reflect that Hoehn pleaded guilty to the kidnapping conspiracy charge and wasn’t convicted of it by a jury.