Hohenwald Faces 1st Degree Murder; Seiberlich Back Behind Bars

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 5:07 am
Jennifer Ann-Lind Seiberlich and Craig Mathew Hohenwald

Jennifer Ann-Lind Seiberlich and Craig Mathew Hohenwald

Wearing a gray jump suit and orange sandals, Craig Hohenwald, 28, was in Kanabec County court Wednesday for  first degree murder charges.  Hohenwald is the man accused of the murders of Larry and Lois Steenerson at their Knife Lake home in February.  The charges were increased from second degree murder charges following a grand jury hearing last week.  Hohenwald will be arraigned on the indictment on August 17th.

There was a delay in the arraignment which was scheduled for Wednesday because Hohenwald’s attorney needed additional time to review his psychological evaluation.

The woman who was arrested at the scene with Hohenwald in February, Jennifer Seiberlich, 28,  also appeared in court for a probation violation.  She was released from custody July 10th after accepting a plea for aiding an offender charges.  She was furloughed to a substance treatment center.  Seiberlich admitted Wednesday to drinking sips of vodka at the treatment center and also taking no-doze caffeine pills, both which are not permitted at the facility.

Kanabec County attorney Amy Brosnahan said Seiberlich’s action are a “fundamental, profound violation of release.”  Brosnahan added that substance abuse is believed to have played a role in the murders of the Steenersons.

Judge Timothy Bloomquist sentenced Seiberlich back to jail.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 4th. Conditional bail is $20,000.  Unconditional bail is set at $50,000.  Seiberlich will continue her treatment at the center.

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