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North Dakota woman who cut baby from neighbor’s womb sentenced to life in prison

February 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
North Dakota woman who cut baby from neighbor’s womb sentenced to life in prison

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Brooke Crews sentenced to life in prison for gruesome murder of Savanna Greywind

A North Dakota judge sentenced a woman who earlier admitted killing a pregnant neighbor to get her baby did it by cutting the baby from the mother’s womb as she faded in and out of consciousness, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors announced on Friday the life prison sentence against 38-year-old Brooke Crews following a hearing that for the first time detailed the August death of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind, of Fargo.

The baby’s father, Ashton Matheny, said hearing details how his baby was born and his girlfriend died “tore me apart.” Greywind’s mother, Norberta Lafontaine-Greywind, fought back tears, but said she was satisfied with the sentence — the toughest Crews could have received.

Prosecutors said the two women argued, and Greywind was pushed and briefly knocked unconscious before Brooke Crews began cutting the woman, causing her to bleed to death.

William Henry Hoehn (left) & Brooke Lynn Crews (right)

East Central District Judge Frank Racek cited the predatory and cruel nature of the crime in handing down the maximum sentence.

Crews, who appeared in court in an orange prison jumpsuit clothing and shackled at the wrists, cried as she read a statement of apology. She said she wished she could take the family’s pain.

“There is no excuse. There is no rationalization. There is nothing,” she said. Later, she showed no emotion as the judge handed down sentencing, KFYR reported.

Crews’ boyfriend, William Hoehn, faces a May trial in the case. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors had cited his pending trial in withholding public details of Greywind’s death earlier.

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