Inside look into courtroom as Savanna LaFontaine Greywind’s killer is sentenced
FARGO -- We learned horrific details Friday about the gruesome murder of Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind and how her unborn baby was cut from her womb.
This, as the woman who admitted to the crimes Brooke Lynn Crews learned her fate; the rest of her life will be behind bars and life without parole for the murder conspiracy charge.
Another 20 years for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and 163 days for providing false information to law enforcement.
We now know Savanna Greywind died because she lost too much blood from a crude c-section.
Crews admitted there was a scuffle between her and Savanna, she pushed Savanna, knocking her unconscious.
That's when Crews said she used a utility knife to cut Savanna from 'hip to hip' and steal her baby.
August 19th, that's the day we now know Savanna Greywind died.
After a week of searches, her body would be found in the Red River eight days later.
"As Haisley Jo was being born, she was taking her first breaths as her mother was taking her last," said Tanya Johnson, Martinez, Assistant State's Attorney.
Walking just 24 steps from her own apartment door into Brooke Crews' apartment upstairs would become Savanna's death sentence.
Where, Crews admits, to performing a crude C-section to deliver Savanna's unborn child.
The state says its likely Savanna came in and out of consciousness through the whole thing.
"I wish I hadn't done this. There is no excuse," said Brooke Crews, sentenced to life in prison.
Crews apologized and says she is taking responsibility for her crime.
"I am guilty, and I deserve every year I get. I just wanted them to know that I am sorry for what I did," said Crews.
In court, Savanna's family never addressing her directly, but had harsh words for their daughter's killer.
Sister Kayla Greywind saying Crews stole her 'best friend.'
"She deserves worse than what she did to my sister," said Kayla Greywind.
To cope with the loss, family is holding on to memories, telling the judge a maximum sentence delivered will make it easier to heal.
"To this day I still do wear her clothes and everything that she had, but everytime it brings memories of her and I cry every single time," said Kayla.
On Friday, her family wonders just what they could have done to protect their precious daughter, from the woman sitting just feet away.
"Everyday, I wonder if my daughter tried to scream for me. For someone to do that to another human is beyond evil," said Norberta Greywind, Savannah's mother.
Brooke Crews will be moved to the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, south of Dickinson, in two to three weeks.