A 62-year-old Garrison woman was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison Monday for the murder of her husband with a motor vehicle on Sept. 23, 2010, Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reported.
After arguments of counsel, District Court Judge John Smith sentenced Helene Mitchell-Abraham to serve a total of 391 months or 32.5 years in prison for the crimes of second degree intentional murder and interference with a dead body. Mitchell-Abraham was given the maximum sentence allowed by Minnesota law.
A Cass County Jury had previously found Mitchell-Abraham guilty of the two offenses after hearing the evidence in the case. The jury found that Mitchell-Abraham intentionally struck and killed her estranged husband, Wendell Wayne Abraham, 64, with her motor vehicle on or about Sept. 23, 2010 at Abraham’s Remer residence.
According to the criminal complaint, Abraham walked behind Mitchell-Abraham’s vehicle and Mitchell-Abraham put the vehicle in reverse and stomped on the gas, hitting Abraham and watching his body fly into the air. She checked to see if Abraham was dead and then hid the body. She then his the body in the woods. Mitchell-Abraham fled the area and was later arrested in Mankato.
Second degree intentional murder carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. However, Minnesota sentencing guidelines limit the sentence to a range of 278 to 391 months without a sentencing departure.
The criminal investigation was conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Mankato Police Department and the Storm Lake, Iowa Police Department.