Man Guilty Of Manslaughter Of Teen He Feared Was A Republican

  • A 42-year-old North Dakota man pled guilty to manslaughter after he hit an 18-year-old with his car following his expression of concern about the teen being connected to a “Republican extremist” group.
  • Shannon Brandt pled guilty to manslaughter after Cayler Ellingson was killed when he was hit by Brandt’s vehicle in September 2022. The guilty plea comes just weeks after the charges were reduced from murder to manslaughter.
  • The case quickly became controversial after an affidavit from policesuggested that Brandt had run down Ellingson following a political disagreement, a claim that was backtracked by later investigators. Ellingson’s death was determined to be an accident, and not intentional according to investigators.
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