Last Updated on September 10, 2023
A left-wing radical will spend just 5 years in prison for the killing of a conservative teenager after striking a sweetheart plea deal with prosecutors and then landing a sweetheart sentence from the judge, who issued the defendant even less time in prison than the plea allowed for.
Shannon Brandt, of Glenfield, North Dakota, will serve just 5 years in prison for the killing of conservative teenager Cayler Ellingson. He will receive credit for the nearly one year he’s already spent in jail in connection with Ellingson’s 2022 death when Brandt ran the teenager down with his vehicle in McHenry, North Dakota after arguing with him about politics at a public gathering.
Brandt, who was reportedly inebriated at the time, fled the scene of the attack but called 911 to report his actions.
He told dispatchers that he deliberately hit Ellingson with his vehicle because the teenager was part of a “Republican extremist group.”
Brandt was initially released from jail on a $50,000 bond after being charged with vehicular homicide and began scrubbing his social media pages immediately, reportedly to cover up his personal and political connections to the radical left. Shortly thereafter, he was taken back into custody, where he has remained.
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Brandt’s sweetheart sentencing comes after he’d already struck a sweetheart deal with prosecutors to plead guilty in Ellingson’s death in exchange for facing just up to one decade in prison. The deal drew controversy of its own when it was announced earlier this year after it was revealed that the left-wing killer was being let off easy by left-wing prosecutor Kara Brinster
But at sentencing, Brandt made out even better than the deal had offered, being slapped with a prison term of just five years.