MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged a New Hope man Thursday for allegedly strangling his girlfriend of eight years.

Douglas Manney, 50, was charged with second degree murder.

Police arrested Manney Monday in connection with the death of his girlfriend, 40-year-old Kristin Sandeen.

Police found Sandeen’s body Sunday morning when they went to her apartment, located on the 6000 block of Broadway Avenue, after receiving a call from the victim’s sister. The victim’s sister said Manney had called her, saying she should call 911 because Sandeen was unconscious and Manney was leaving her apartment, police said.

According to the criminal complaint, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the victim’s body. Before the autopsy was finished, however, he concluded that the wounds the victim suffered were consistent with strangulation. He found internal and external injuries in and around the victim’s neck, jaw and cheeks. The examiner was awaiting the toxicity report.

Police said Manney admitted to choking the victim so hard that she gasped for air. However, Manney said that he choked the victim Saturday, the evening before her death.

On that evening, police responded to the victim’s residence at approximately 7:30 p.m. When police arrived, the victim appeared intoxicated, police said. Manny, who lived with the victim, said that she had assaulted him, but he did not want to press charges. Police then took Manney to a motel for the night. Taxi records show that the next morning Manney took a cab to the victim’s apartment.

Manney told police that he had been in a volatile relationship with the victim for eight years and that he had lived with her for four years.

Manney is in custody.

Comments (7)
  1. The Beach says:

    Not appropriate or funny; as a friend of the family affected by this, I think I can speak on their behalf, that there is nothing amusing about murder.

    1. marie says:

      i agree, i am also in a similar connection to the family…this is serious, he was abusive to every women in his life, he doesn’t deserve any more second chances at life, they better lock him up for life.

      1. Page says:

        I agree too! We have had sinilar problems with this man. He needs to be held accountable for his actions. With his history, he shouldn’t have been loose in the first place. Maybe this woman’s life would not have ended so tragically.

  2. Sarah J says:

    “Anita Bettergrip” what a heartless POS you are !!!!!!! And aren’t you so clever with your name , if you are gonna post something so offensive ,why not have the balls to put your real name – spineless POS !!

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