Connie Lou Herbst Sentenced For Helping Son Dispose of Dad’s Body – What We Know!

Booking photo via Connie Herbst

Connie Lou Herbst through Scott County Jail

A decide in Minnesota ordered a 63-year-old mom to spend greater than two years behind bars for serving to get rid of her husband’s physique after the person was fatally shot by their son.

Scott County District Courtroom Choose Colleen G. King on Thursday handed down a sentence of 27 months (2 years and three months) to Connie Lou Herbst for her function within the 2013 demise of 57-year-old Gary Albert Herbst, court docket data reviewed by Regulation&Crime present.

Connie had initially been accused of second-degree homicide, however that cost was dismissed after she reached a take care of prosecutors that required her to plead responsible to the lesser cost of aiding an offender as an confederate after the very fact. She formally entered her responsible plea in October 2021.

Based on the sentencing order, Connie will likely be credited for the 462 days she has already been imprisoned. She should serve no less than two-thirds of the entire sentence on the ladies’s solely Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee — and she or he could also be allowed to serve as much as one-third of the sentence on supervised launch.

The order famous that the sentence was a downward departure from the state’s sentencing tips.

Connie’s 27-year-old son, Austin J. Herbst, in March 2021 pleaded responsible to second-degree intentional homicide in his father’s demise. A decide famous claims that Gary had been bodily and emotionally abusive in direction of Austin and Connie in sentencing Austin to a comparatively lenient punishment for homicide. He was sentenced to a complete of 12.5 years, with 7.75 years to be spent within the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud and 4.75 years on supervised launch. It was additionally a stark downward departure from state tips which advisable a sentence of no less than 21.75 years.

Based on the legal grievance, Gary immediately went lacking in July 2013. On the request of Gary’s brother, Austin reported his father lacking in March 2014. He informed police that his father had packed a bag of garments, took $5,000 in money, left the home n a gray Honda pushed being pushed by somebody he didn’t know, and had not been seen since.

The seek for Gary rapidly went chilly and stayed that means for years, till a neighborhood canine made a grisly discovery.

A canine in Barron County, Wisconsin on Dec. 3, 2017 dug up what seemed to be a human cranium and introduced it again to the house of his proprietor. The cranium appeared to have a bullet gap that traveled via the highest of the skull. The house owner reported the discovering to authorities who quickly discovered the remainder of skeleton.

Assisted by the DNA Doe Mission, authorities had been capable of establish the stays as Gary Herbst. Investigators interviewed Connie and Austin, who each maintained that they  not seen Gary since he grabbed money and left.

The grievance additionally detailed Gary’s allegedly pugnacious demeanor and the “tense” relationship that developed between Austin and Gary because the son turned 18.

Authorities mentioned neighbors described Gary as being belligerent, fast to scream expletives and to name the police on others. Each Connie and Austin had been described as turning into much more social within the wake of his “disappearance.”

Neighbors additionally famous that mom and son had a storage sale the place they seemed to be clearing out Gary’s issues quickly after he went lacking.

“[A neighbor identified as JDG] recalled that [Connie and Austin] held a storage sale, for which Gary was not current, promoting largely males’s clothes and numerous instruments,” the grievance acknowledged. “Gary was a mechanic by occupation.”

Some neighbors additionally investigators that they noticed Connie and Austin placing a rolled-up carpet into the household’s pickup truck after darkish one evening in mid-Aug. 2013.

Connie and Austin moved out of the house a number of years later.

Residents of the Herbst household’s former dwelling additionally informed investigators they discovered an uncommon stain on the basement concrete flooring whereas transforming. Investigators decided that stain was blood. Extra testing discovered blood on drywall, wooden studs, and across the space of the sliding glass door main from the basement. There was additionally a small stain on the storage flooring, and blood on rubber mats beforehand within the basement.

In additional talks, Austin Herbst informed investigators his father was verbally and bodily abusive towards his mom.

“He intervened many instances and mainly turned his mom’s protector,” the grievance acknowledged.

The pair had been arrested and charged in Gary’s demise in November 2020.

Learn the sentencing memo beneath.

[image via Scott County Detention Center]

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