Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder her pregnant North Dakota neighbor, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, in order to kidnap her baby. Crews is one of two suspects who were arrested after LaFontaine-Greywind’s body was found in August.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Crews could face up to life in prison without the chance of parole. Crews’s lawyer, Steven Mottinger, told CBS News that his client wanted to take responsibility for her actions in exchange for a lesser sentence:
“Ms. Crews early on indicated that she wanted to take responsibility for her actions. From where I stand, she took responsibility today by entering a guilty plea to the three charges.”
Crews’s boyfriend, 32-year-old William Henry Hoehn, is currently facing identical charges. Both Crews and Hoehn had originally pleaded not guilty after their arrests.
As previously reported by Dearly, Crews submitted a form to change her plea less than two weeks ago. At the time, it was uncertain if Crews would submit a guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity plea.
Police officers have not released any new case details about LaFontaine-Greywind’s death. A Cass County representative told CBS News that further details about the case will not be released until after Hoehn’s trial, which is scheduled to begin on March 20.
LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, was eight months pregnant when she went missing from her Fargo, North Dakota, home on August 19.
As the Fargo Police Department originally reported, Crews offered LaFontaine-Greywind $20 to help Crews fit a dress she was sewing.
When LaFontaine-Greywind’s mom went upstairs to find her daughter, Crews said LaFontaine-Greywind had left. But the young, pregnant woman never returned home. Her wallet, keys, and phone were still in her apartment, as Dearly previously reported.
On August 25, Crews and her 32-year-old boyfriend William Henry Hoehn were arrested after a baby was found in their apartment.
Sadly, a few days later, Fargo Police Chief David Todd announced that LaFontaine-Greywind’s body had been found “wrapped in plastic and duct tape” and stuck on a tree in Red River.
A DNA test later determined that the baby belonged to LaFontaine-Greywind and her longtime boyfriend, Ashton Matheny. A preliminary autopsy report, confirmed by a CBS News live report, revealed that LaFontaine-Greywind had been a victim of homicide.
Background on Crews
Most of the information known about Crews has been obtained through interviews with former lovers. One of her ex-boyfriends, Aaron Edwards, with whom she shares one child, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she has children from at least five men. Crews married two times and has been sued several times for unpaid child support.
Her second husband, Andrew Murray, recently told an Australian news site that the couple was only married for a few months. He quickly annulled the marriage after learning about her lies, including about her former husband and children. “It was all lies,” he told the publication. “It was all based on lies.”
Murray claimed that Crews had studied nursing and psychology but that her main interest was in serial killers. He also said that she lost a baby to miscarriage in 2011. After the loss, she was devastated that she was unable to have children.
Hoehn and Crews have told police different accounts of what happened to LaFontaine-Greywind on the night she disappeared. According to court documents, Hoehn came home from work and Crews presented him with the baby. “This is our baby,” she told him. “This is our family.”
The High Plains Reader reports that Crews had listed all of the things she needed for a home birth in her notebooks. Her lawyer told People that she changed her plea after reviewing the evidence against her.
Crews is scheduled for sentencing in January.