North Dakota man free after reportedly admitting he killed teen for being Republican
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gave North Dakota A man who admitted to allegedly hitting a teenage pedestrian with his car because the pair had a “political argument” was released from jail Tuesday after posting $50,000 bond, records show. Is.
Shannon Brandt, 41, spent just a few days in the Statesman County Jail. Criminal charges Keller Ellingson, 18, posted her $50,000 bond before her death and was released, according to county jail records. Brandt’s listed attorney could not be reached by phone and did not immediately respond to an email inquiry from Fox News Digital.
According to a probable cause affidavit provided to Fox News Digital, Brandt, a Glenfield resident, was arrested early Sunday morning after he told state radio first responders that he “hit a pedestrian because the pedestrian The walker was threatening him.” Wednesday morning.
“Brand stated that the pedestrian called some people and Brand was afraid they were coming to get him,” the document continues. “Brandt admitted on state radio that he hit the pedestrian and that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group.”
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The North Dakota Highway Patrol reported Sunday that a “street dance” was taking place on Jones Street near Honeck Street in McHenry when Brandt hit Ellingson and then fled the scene.
Ellingson was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries but did not survive.
Both Brandt and Ellingson’s families soon arrived at the scene. After the police arrivedcourt records show.
‘They’ or ‘they’ were following him.
Ellingson’s parents later told police they knew Brandt, but didn’t believe their son did it. Ellingston’s mother described how she was on her way to pick up her son from McHenry when he called her and said “they” or ‘they’ were following him.” He then approached her. could not reach
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Investigators later tracked Brandt to his Glenfield home, where they stopped him outside, and he began talking, the affidavit states.
Records show that Brandt “admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the incident.”
“Brand admitted to hitting the pedestrian with his car because he had a political dispute with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling for people to pick him up,” the court document continues. “Brand admitted that he left the scene and returned shortly thereafter where he called 911.”
A breathalyzer test later showed Brandt’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit of 0.08.
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Brandt was eventually charged. Criminal vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Jail records show Brandt was charged with driving under the influence, though the criminal complaint did not include that charge.