February 03, 2018 02:41 PM
Prosecution asked for the maximum sentence, life without parole, for the woman charged with killing Savanna Greywind, who was pregnant, and removing her baby, and it was granted.
Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, is sentenced to life without parole for conspiracy to commit murder.
Crews Sentencing: Brooks Crews is sentenced to life without parole for conspiracy to commit murder, 20 years for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and 163 days for giving false information to law enforcement @WDAYnews— Angeline McCall (@amccallWDAY) February 2, 2018
Grisly details of how Greywind was killed were not initially released until prosecution relayed them into the court record at a sentencing hearing Friday. That baby, Haisley Jo, sat on the attorney's lap during the hearing wearing a pink bow, ABC-affiliate WDAY reports.
According WDAY, the prosecution called Crews "cold-blooded" and described her as someone unable to overcome tragedy in her personal life.
Prosecutors said in court Crews admitted to hitting 22-year-old Greywind, then performing a cesarean-section to remove the child.
However, Greywind was not dead when the baby was removed, and she was cut open with a blade or sharp object, prosecutors said.
Crews sentencing: Brooke Crews says more than anything, she wishes she could take all of this back, through tears. @WDAYnews— Angeline McCall (@amccallWDAY) February 2, 2018
Crews sentencing: Brooke says ‘I wish I hadn’t done this... I am guilty, and I deserve every year I get. I just want them to know I am sorry for what I did. I know it doesn’t help.’ @WDAYnews— Angeline McCall (@amccallWDAY) February 2, 2018
Crews' defense said she acknowledges what she did was wrong. She apologized to family in court saying, "I wish I hadn't done this... I am guilty, and I deserve every year I get."
The defense argued, "People can change, given the opportunity." The defense also said acceptance should "count for something."
The judge, however, was less sympathetic, calling it predatory to steal Greywind's unborn child.
Crews sentencing: The judge says there is no excuse for the defendant’s conduct.. saying it was predatory for the purpose of stealing Savanna’s unborn child. @WDAYnews— Angeline McCall (@amccallWDAY) February 2, 2018
Prosecutors was also stated in court that Crews didn't cooperate with investigators.
Greywind was reported missing on Saturday, Aug. 19. Family said she had visited a neighbor's apartment to help with a sewing project, according to Fargo police.
A days-old infant was found five days later, Aug. 24, at Crews' apartment that she shared with her boyfriend 32-year-old William Henry Hoehn who is also charged in the case. The two lived in the same apartment complex as Greywind.
The pair was arrested on probable cause of felony conspiracy to commit kidnapping charges.
Greywind's body was found days later, Aug. 28. Prosecutors said in court the body was discovered in the Red River was cut from "hip to hip."
Details of how she died was not released when the body was found, but authorities said Greywind was "the victim of a cruel and vicious act of depravity."
The court allowed three family members to make statements in court on behalf of Greywind. Her sister, father and mother all spoke as well as a lawyer for Greywind's boyfriend, Haisley Jo's father.
"My heart is literally broken," her mother, Noberta, said.
Crews pleaded not guilty in September. Her attorney filed for a mental health evaluation in October. The results of that evaluation were not made public, but Crews changed her plea to guilty in November.
Greywind's boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, had to prove through DNA tests the child belonged to him and Greywind. He didn't gain full legal custody of the child until Sept. 13, nearly one month after Greywind was reported missing.
Hoehn pleaded not guilty, and his trial is slated to begin in a few months. According to the criminal complaint, he gave a different account. He said he came home Aug. 19 to find Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom. He said Crews presented him with the infant and said: "This is our baby. This is our family," according to the criminal complaint.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this report stated Savanna Greywind's sister, grandfather and mother gave statements during court Friday. Rather, Greywind's sister, father and mother provided testimony. KSTP has made the correction and regrets the error.
Updated: February 03, 2018 02:41 PM
Created: February 02, 2018 01:23 PM
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