Man Not Guilty Of Murder In Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind Baby Stealing Case
William Hoehn said that he helped cover up the killing after he found Brooke Crews on the floor with Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind cut open and bleeding.
FARGO, ND — The North Dakota man who admitted that he helped his girlfriend cover up the killing of their neighbor, who was eight months pregnant, and the stealing of her newborn baby has been acquitted.
William Hoehn, 33, was found not guilty of conspiring with his former girlfriend, Brooke Crews, 39, to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnap her unborn baby, according to KVLY.
On August 19, 2017, prosecutors say that Hoehn's girlfriend Crews lured LaFontaine-Greywind into the apartment that she shared with Hoehn, asking for a favor with a sewing project. Crews admitted to police that she killed the victim, and cut the baby out of her body and tried to pass the newborn off as her own.
Her motive, according to police, was her growing desperation due to the fact that she had told friends and family that she was pregnant. She pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping, and is currently serving a life sentence.
Hoehn said in court that he helped cover up the killing after he came home and found Crews on the bathroom floor with LaFontaine-Greywind cut open and bleeding. But he insisted that he did not plan the murder with Crews.
Hoehn would have faced life in prison if convicted of the charge, according to KSTP.
On September 4, he pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of kidnapping and providing false information to authorities. He will be sentenced at a later date on those charges, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutor Leah Jo Viste did not immediately return calls for comment on the acquittal, according to People.
“I think that you can feel disappointed, but at the same time accept the process if you feel that you’ve gotten everything in [to the jurors] in the case. And in this particular instance everything was available for the jury to review,” Viste said.
Viste also noted that conspiracy can be a legally tricky concept to explain, and acknowledged the credibility issues associated with Crews.