Crystal man pleads guilty to killing wife

The scene of the shooting on July 12, 2017. Photo: KSTP
The scene of the shooting on July 12, 2017.

December 24, 2018 02:48 PM

A Crystal man pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to killing his wife in their home last year, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. 

Dennis Sandland, 57, pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder. He also admitted to two aggravating factors; that his 53-year-old wife Sandra Kay Sandland, was particularly vulnerable and she suffered particular cruelty. 

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Sentencing was set for Jan. 2 and as part of the negotiated settlement, Sandland is expected to receive more than 25 years in prison, according to court documents. 

According to the criminal complaint and his guilty plea, Sandland separately called an adult son and daughter sometime after 6 p.m. on July 12, 2017 to say he shot his wife. Police arrived to the couple's house at 4826 Yates Avenue North in Crystal and after a short time, persuaded Sandland to surrender. After he was arrested, police entered the home and found Sandra Sandland lying dead in her bed with a gunshot wound to the head. 

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Numerous times that evening, without being asked, Sandland said that he was angry with his wife and shot her. Family members told police the couple had been fighting a lot in the weeks before the murder. 

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