Turtle Mountain Chairman reacts to resentencing of William Hoehn

Courtesy: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

BELCOURT, N.D. – The Chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa penned a letter Monday, expressing displeasure over the reduced sentence for William Hoehn, and calling out the judicial decisions that led to it.

Hoehn was convicted for his role in the kidnapping and killing of Savanna Greywind.

“We are saddened to learn of the reduction of Mr. Hoehn’s sentence and the highly technical Supreme Court decision which allowed for this result,” said Chairman Jamie Azure in the letter.

“The Turtle Mountain Tribe will continue to watch Mr. Hoehn through his sentence term and endeavor that he serves every day of the 20 years,” Azure added.

Azure also expressed condolences for Greywind’s family, especially her daughter Haisley Jo.

Hoehn was originally sentenced to life in prison but was resentenced to 20 years Monday, after the State Supreme Court ruled the judge overstepped sentencing guidelines with the original life imprisonment.

The full letter is attached to this story.