Man convicted of murdering, dismembering wife in '80s granted parole


A Minnesota man convicted of murder 35 years ago after investigators said he admitted to strangling and dismembering his wife is slated to get out of prison on supervised release in two years.

David Hoffman has been in prison since Feb. 18 of 1981 in the death of his wife, Carol Hoffman. The couple, who'd been together for more than a decade, had two children: one 3 years old, the other 9 months, according to an online petition.

There are a number of accounts of the case available. But here's a copy of an appeal he filed, that explains what happened:

– David Hoffman reported his wife missing in the summer of 1980, and helped in the search for her body.

– In the days after, he became emotional, stated he thought the world was ending, and asked investigators about God.

– Afterward he told officers that he strangled his wife, dismembered her body, then got rid of it in Weaver Lake.

– Her body was recovered, and David Hoffman pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder by reason of insanity. He was later convicted.

Parole hearing

Thirty-five years later, Hoffman was up for parole again – he'd been rejected multiple times before, including in 2010, as the Pioneer Press reported at the time.

This week he was up for parole again. A Department of Corrections spokesperson told BringMeTheNews Hoffman was given conditional release for April 2018.

So for the next two years he'll stay in the department's custody, then when that time is up transition to "intensive community supervision," the spokesperson said.

KSTP spoke with Carol Hoffman's family about the news.

FOX 9 has an explanation of parole rules for offenders.

And KARE 11 last week heard from Carol's mother Phyllis Stebbins, now 84 years old, and her push to keep David Hoffman in prison.

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