A South St. Paul man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to shooting and killing a staff sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard in a scheme with the victim’s wife.
The closing arguments were presented Tuesday in the trial of a 25-year-old woman accused of plotting the murder of her husband, National Guard Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst.
A South St. Paul man pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Ramsey County Court to the murder of a staff sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Aaron William Allen, 26, admitted to shooting 25-year-old Brandon James Horst as he was asleep at his St. Paul home on Aug. 5. 2013. Allen also admitted in Ramsey County Court Wednesday that Horst’s wife, 25-year-old Heather Leanne Horst.
On Wednesday, a grand jury in Ramsey County indicted two people in connection with the shooting death of a Minnesota National Guard sergeant last month, one of whom was the victim’s wife.
National Guard Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst will be laid to rest on Tuesday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, but there will be no grieving widow at the funeral. Sgt. Horst’s wife will sit in jail, now charged with plotting his murder.