Maple Grove man sentenced over 20 years in prison for murdering mother, attacking father

A Maple Grove man who murdered his mother and assaulted his father in July 2019 was sentenced to over 20 years in prison.

According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, 42-year-old Matthew Witt was sentenced to 22 years (266 months) for pleading guilty to unintentional second-degree murder in the beating death of his mother and first-degree assault for violently attacking his father.

Maple Grove man charged with 2 counts of second-degree murder after mother killed, father severely injured

According to the criminal complaint, on July 24, 2019, at around 7:30 p.m., Maple Grove police were sent to a home on Eagle Lake Drive North.

The door was answered by Witt, who was covered in blood and a motionless body behind him, the complaint states.

Maple Grove man accused of killing mother, injuring father pleads guilty

Witt then told the police, "take me to jail. I did it. I didn't kill them. They're alive. I let them live; they're hurt bad," the complaint says, and when police asked who Witt was talking about, he said, "my parents."

Witt's mother was found on the ground with severe head trauma. Officers attempted to resuscitate her but were unable to do so, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witt's father was found upstairs in a bathroom bleeding from his head with a bruised face and a laceration under his eye. He was taken to the hospital, where medical staff found he suffered multiple facial fractures and a laceration requiring multiple staples.