Connie Lou Herbst convicted of helping son dispose of father’s body

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Connie Lou Herbst via Scott County Jail

A judge in Minnesota has ordered a 63-year-old mother to sit behind bars for more than two years for helping dispose of her husband’s body after the man was shot and killed by their son.

Scott County Court Judge Colleen G. King on Thursday, sentenced to 27 months (2 years 3 months) for Connie Lou Herbst for her role in 2013’s death at age 57 Gary Albert HerbstCourt records reviewed by Law & Crime show.

Connie was initially charged with second-degree murder, but that charge was dropped after she reached a settlement with prosecutors requiring her to plead guilty to a lesser charge of aiding an offender. guilty as an accomplice after the incident. She officially entered her Admit in October 2021.

Under sentencing, Connie will be recorded for the 462 days she has been detained. She must serve at least two-thirds of her total sentence at the only Minnesota Correctional Facility for women – Shakopee – and she may be allowed to serve a third of her sentence on supervised release.

The order notes that the sentencing is a departure from state sentencing guidelines.

Connie’s 27-year-old son, Austin J. Herbstin March 2021 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his father. A judge noted that Gary had physically and emotionally abused Austin and Connie by convicting Austin with a relatively lenient penalty for murder. He was sentenced to a total of 12.5 years, with 7.75 years incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud and 4.75 years in supervised prison. It is also a complete downgrade from state guidelines that recommend a sentence of at least 21.75 years.

According to the criminal complaintGary suddenly went missing in July 2013. At the request of his brother Gary, Austin reported his father missing in March 2014. He told police that his father had packed a bag of clothes, take $5,000 in cash, leave the house in a gray Honda. was controlled by someone he didn’t know, and hasn’t been seen since.

The search for Gary quickly cooled and remained that way for years, until a local dog spotted him.

A dog in Barron County, Wisconsin on December 3, 2017 dug up what appeared to be a human skull and brought it home to its owner. The skull appears to have a bullet hole through the top of the skull. The homeowner reported the results to authorities, who soon found the remains of the skeleton.

Aided by the Doe DNA Project, authorities were able to identify the remains as Gary Herbst. Investigators interviewed Connie and Austin, both of whom asserted that they hadn’t seen Gary since he took the money and left.

The complaint also details Gary’s allegedly tenacious attitude and the “tense” relationship that developed between Austin and Gary when the son turned 18.

Authorities said neighbors described Gary as a belligerent who was quick to shout profanities and call police to others. Both Connie and Austin have been described as becoming much more social after he “disappeared”.

Neighbors also noted that the mother and son had a garage sale where they were apparently going to clear Gary’s stuff shortly after he went missing.

“[A neighbor identified as JDG] recall that [Connie and Austin] organized a sale in a garage where Gary was not present, selling mainly menswear and various gear,” the complaint states. “Gary is a mechanic by profession.”

Several neighbors also investigated that they saw Connie and Austin place a rolled rug into the family’s pickup truck after a dark night in mid-August 2013.

Connie and Austin moved out a few years later.

Residents of the former Herbst home also told investigators they found an unusual stain on the basement concrete floor while remodeling. Investigators determined the stain was blood. Further testing found blood on drywall, wood studs and around the area of ​​sliding glass doors leading from the basement. There was also a small stain on the garage floor, and blood stains on the former rubber mat in the basement.

In subsequent conversations, Austin Herbst told investigators that his father had abused his mother verbally and physically.

“He intervened several times and essentially became his mother’s protector,” the lawsuit states.

Couples have arrested and charged on Gary’s death in November 2020.

Read the sentencing memo below.

[image via Scott County Detention Center]

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