Minnesota women convicted in connection with the murder have been released early from prison due to a new change in the law
Two women previously pleaded guilty in connection with the murder of A Minnesota man They were released from prison last week during an attempted drug robbery, after their sentences were reduced under a new law that redefines aiding and abetting murder.
Megan Cutter and Brianna Martinson are charged with the 2017 murder of Corey Elder, 19, in Bloomington. Fox Minneapolis mentioned. The motive behind the murder was an attempt to steal tablets from the victim.
The pair broke into Elder’s apartment on April 27, 2017, along with two others. Cater and Martinson ransacked the home while the other two suspects violently assaulted Elder before fatally shooting him, authorities said.
The two women were sentenced to 13.5 years in prison after striking plea deals to avoid a life sentence. However, state lawmakers recently redefined the laws regarding aiding and abetting murder, meaning that only those who directly commit the murder or directly assist in the murder can be charged with the crime.
The new law could be applied retroactively to those already imprisoned.
Cater and Martinson were re-sentenced on first-degree aiding and abetting charges Burglary crimes After Elder’s family submitted a victim impact statement to the court. Received food more than 5 years ago. I have already served more than six years.
Martinson’s sentence was reduced to nearly five years after serving more than six years. Both women were released from prison that day. It was originally scheduled for release in the fall of 2026.
“We are grateful that Megan Cater has been given this second opportunity by Minnesota legislators to return to society,” Cater’s attorney, Jane Ann Murray, said. “There are too many people serving long sentences in Minnesota prisons that do not reflect their simpler, less culpable roles in their crimes.”
Martinson’s attorney, Bradford Colbert, said that although her client “played no role in the tragic death that occurred, she understands the gravity of the loss and trauma that night caused to so many.”
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty, whose office supported the petition for resentencing, told media outlets that the new law is an attempt to ensure that key participants in a murder face the harshest consequences.
“We are not talking about people who are innocent of everything,” she said. “We acknowledge exactly the role they played.” “The court makes the final decision and in this case the court chose to re-sentence these women for what they actually did.”
Corey’s mother, Bobbie Elder, said the family believes the criminal justice system has failed their son.
“While this change in the law has its time and place to be justified, this case is not one of them. Megan Cutter and Brianna Martinson were the masterminds behind the events that led to my son, Corey Elder’s murder“, She said.”
She added: “They were the ones who made and arranged the entire plan, including making sure there was a weapon.” “They have convinced themselves and their families of a false narrative that portrays them as victims, which is the opposite of reality.”
In total, six people have been convicted in connection with Sheikh’s killing.
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