Brandt sentenced to five years in Ellingson case


September 11, 2023

Nathan Price

Shannon Brandt, center, listens to testimony delivered by Cayler Ellingson's family at his sentencing on Friday, September 8, at the Foster County Courthouse. Brandt pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Ellingson's death, and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was credited with 356 days already served.

Nearly a year after 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson was tragically killed following a street dance in McHenry, Shannon Brandt was at the Foster County Courthouse in Carrington on Friday, Sept. 8, for sentencing.

Brandt was charged with murder after running over and killing Ellingson on Sept. 18, 2022. But, after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in late May, 2023, Brandt's murder charg...

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