North Dakota man who killed teen claiming he was ‘Republican extremist’ out on low bond, no house arrest

Sep 26, 2022 | Political News

Shannon Brandt, the suspect who ran down 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson for being a Republican with his SUV in McHenry, North Dakota last week, is out free with no curfew and no house arrest. 

According to Fox News, 41-year-old Brandt, who has been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident, was released after posting a $50,000 bond, something former assistant US attorney Neama Rahman called “very low” and “woefully inadequate.”

A suspect can be released by posting bail, which is typically 10 percent of the required bond, meaning Brandt would be free after only providing $5,000.

The incident occurred on September 18 when the two had a political dispute after a street dance that was held at a local bar. Brandt admitted that his actions were politically motivated because the teen was part of a “Republican extremist group.”

There is “no evidence” Ellingson was part of any such group according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind.

As part of his release, Brandt cannot leave North Dakota, cannot consume alcohol, must be in a sobriety program, cannot possess a firearm, and must not be within 300 feet of the Ellingson family.

President Joe Biden posted a video to his official Twitter telling Democrats to “fight back against extreme MAGA Republicans” days after Brandt's actions.