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Kidnapper in Fargo baby-snatching case to appeal life sentence

William Hoehn awaits sentencing on Monday, Oct. 29, in Cass County District Court in Fargo. Judge Tom Olson ruled at Monday's sentencing that Hoehn is a dangerous offender, which enhanced Hoehn’s maximum potential sentence to life in prison. Hoehn was ordered to spend life in prison with the chance of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby. Ann Arbor Miller/ The Forum

FARGO — The man sentenced Monday to life in prison with a possibility of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's baby, cut from her mother's womb in 2017, plans to appeal his sentence.

William Hoehn will be appealing the life sentence he was given in Cass County District Court, according to a statement released on Tuesday, Oct. 30, by Hoehn's attorney, Daniel Borgen.

Borgen said in the statement that Hoehn will be appealing the sentence to the North Dakota Supreme Court, adding that because the case remains open he would not be commenting further.

Hoehn, 33, and his ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, 39, were each charged with conspiring to murder 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnapping her baby in August 2017. Prosecutors accused the couple of planning to raise the baby as their own.

Hoehn pleaded guilty in September to one felony charge of kidnapping and one misdemeanor count of lying to police and he was sentenced on those charges Monday.

A nine-day trial in September ended when a jury acquitted Hoehn on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Crews pleaded guilty to her charges in December and is currently serving life in prison.

While the charges Hoehn pleaded guilty to carried a total maximum potential sentence of about 21 years in prison, Cass County District Court Judge Tom Olson ruled — at the prosecution's request — that Hoehn is a dangerous offender, which raised to potential maximum sentence to life in prison.

Hoehn will eligible for parole in about 25 to 30 years.

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