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    Cayler Ellingson (18) killed after political argument

    A man in North Dakota was charged with felony vehicular homicide after he fatally struck a teenager with his SUV following what he said was a ?political argument,? authorities said.

    Shannon Brandt, 41, told troopers he felt threatened and ?admitted to striking the pedestrian with his car because he had a political argument with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling people to come get him,? according to a probable cause document filed in court.

    The incident around 2:35 a.m. Sunday in the city of McHenry killed 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

    Brandt ? who was also charged with leaving the scene of the fatal accident ? left the area after the collision, then returned and called 911 before leaving again, according to the court documents and the highway patrol.

    Brandt told a 911 dispatcher the victim was ?part of a Republican extremist group,? according to court documents. Authorities did not provide further details of Brandt?s claims nor the specifics of the alleged argument.

    Brandt was later arrested at his home. A breath test taken at the Stutsman County Jail registered 0.08, above the legal limit for alcohol, the probable cause document said.

    Ellingson?s mother told investigators the teen called her shortly before the incident to ask if the family knew Brandt. She said her son called back a short time later to tell her he was being chased, according to the probable cause document. The mother couldn?t reach her son after that.

    After he was struck by the vehicle, Ellingson was taken to a hospital in Carrington, where he was pronounced dead.

    Highway patrol officials said the incident happened in the vicinity of a ?street dance.? It is not clear if either Brandt or Ellingson was participating in the event.

    Brandt was released from custody Tuesday on a $50,000 bond, according to Stutsman County jail records. He has not yet entered a plea and is next due in court October 11. Court records did not list an attorney for Brandt Wednesday, and he did not return phone and email messages from CNN seeking comment.
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    His Facebook page is cleaned up and all you can find is right wing fools using his death to advance their ridiculous agenda. I'll stop there. Gotta clean up the hate if you're going to get a good grift going.

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    Shannon Brandt, of Glenfield, North Dakota, pleaded guilty in May to manslaughter in connection with Cayler Ellingson's death in September 2022, in McHenry, North Dakota.

    Brandt initially claimed he ran Ellingson over after a political argument and that the teen had threatened him and was part of a radical group, according to court documents. Authorities soon afterward said there was little evidence of a political nature to the case.

    The case drew national attention and a social media outcry for its alleged political bent. Trump denounced the supposed political circumstances of Ellingson's death in a rally shortly afterward.

    A state district court judge on Friday sentenced Brandt to five years in prison with credit for nearly a year served, followed by three years' supervised probation and a yearlong suspension of his driver's license. The charge's maximum penalty is 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.
    Brandt had been drinking before the argument with Ellingson, whom he struck and knocked down with his SUV after a verbal argument, driving over his torso and legs, according to prosecutor Kara Brinster. An autopsy determined Ellingson was on the ground when he was fatally injured, according to an affidavit.

    According to an initial news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Brandt's Ford Explorer struck Ellingson, who died at the hospital after he "sustained serious injuries."

    Brandt called 911 and told a dispatcher he had hit a man with his vehicle and requested an ambulance, according to the court document. He allegedly left the scene before officers arrived, and was later arrested at his home in Glenfield, where officers found him "visibly intoxicated," according to the affidavit.

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