A brave father broke down in court as the woman who admitted to killing his girlfriend was sentenced to life.
Brooke Crews cruelly cut Savanna Greywind’s child from from her womb.
Savanna’s boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, was seen sobbing during the victim impact statements, holding their daughter Haisley Jo.
Crews, 38, from North Dakota pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnap and murder.
She was also charged with lying to law officers in the August death of Savanna 22, of Fargo.
Prosecutors asked the judge for a sentence of life in prison with no parole.
This after Crews admitted to cruelly cutting out Greywind’s baby while she went in and out of consciousness.
Tragically, she bled to death.
Defense attorney Steven Mottinger asked for a sentence of life with parole.
‘Acceptance of responsibility is important,’ Mottinger said. ‘It has to mean something.’
Crews appeared in court in orange prison clothing, cuffed at the wrists, and read a statement of apology.
‘There is no excuse. There is no rationalization. There is nothing,’ she said.
State District Judge Frank Racek handed down the sentence of life without parole.
Greywind was eight months pregnant when she disappeared in August.
Kayakers found her body wrapped in plastic in a river.
The baby was found alive in the apartment Crews shared with her 32-year-old boyfriend, William Hoehn.
Hoehn has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in March.
Greywind’s mother, Norberta LaFontaine-Greywind, said during the sentencing hearing that what Crews did was ‘beyond evil’ and that ‘I don’t feel there is any court sentence that would ever be strong enough.’
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Matheny raise his daughter.