In response to his expressed fear about the teenager’s claimed affiliation with a “Republican extremist” group, a North Dakota man has now reportedly been sentenced to 5 years in state prison on Friday after fatally striking an 18-year-old with his automobile.
After fatally running over Cayler Ellingson on September 18, 2022 in McHenry, North Dakota, Shannon Brandt of Glenfield, North Dakota, entered a plea of guilty to manslaughter in May.
According to reports, Brandt received a sentence from a state district court judge that included three years of supervised probation, a yearlong license suspension, and roughly a year’s worth of credit for time spent under house arrest.
Ten years in jail is the maximum punishment for these offenses.
A police affidavit that claimed Brandt had run over Ellingson as a result of a political argument caused the case to become contentious very soon.
Brandt had been drinking and arguing with Ellingson prior to the incident, according to Foster County State Attorney Kara Brinster.
In a 911 call, Brandt said that Ellingson had threatened him over the teen’s supposed affiliation with a “Republican extremist group” and was calling for him to be attacked after a political debate.
Initially, Brandt was accused with vehicular homicide, but Forster County State’s Attorney Kara Brinster upgraded the charges to murder.