Morris Brickle-Hicks sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Misty Coffelt

BISMARCK, N.D. - UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Misty Coffelt's body was found near Bismarck Runnings Farm and Fleet a year and a half ago.

Today, her family finally got some closure.

Morris Brickle-Hicks was sentenced to life in prison today at the Burleigh County Courthouse for the murder of Misty Coffelt.

In April of 2016, Misty Coffelt was found beaten to death in Bismarck.

Friday afternoon her daughters attended the sentencing of Morris Brickle-Hicks' who was found guilty of murder.

Britney Loghry, one of Coffelt's daughters, took the stand to tell Brickle-Hicks how his actions impacted her family.

“You took having my first drink on my 21st with her. You took my son's first birthday away from her. You took all of those happy moments that we could have ever had, and even the sad ones. And I would love to have those back,” said Loghry.

The state requested life in prison without parole.

Brickle-Hicks' lawyer asked for the same sentence with the possibility of parole, but Judge John Grinsteiner denied the request.

Brickle-Hicks spoke to the court, and the family and expressed remorse.

“I want to say to the Coffelt family, I'm really sorry. It does hurt. I didn't mean to take her away,” said Brickle-Hicks

He will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Misty Coffelt was raised in Wyoming and moved to North Dakota in 2009.

She is survived by three daughters.


ORIGINAL STORY, 1:55 p.m.: Morris Brickle-Hicks was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Misty Coffelt, who was found beaten to death behind Runnings in Bismarck in April of 2016.