North Dakota Man Already Out On Bail After Admitting To Hitting Republican Teenager With Car

Editor’s note: This article and headline have been updated with the latest legal proceedings in the case.

A North Dakota man has been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident after striking and killing a teenager in what prosecutors are calling a politically motivated attack.

Authorities claim 41-year-old Shannon Brandt struck and killed 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson at a street dance in McHenry, North Dakota.

Ellingson had called his mother to come to his aid as Brandt was chasing him after the street dance had ended.

Court papers, according to the Grand Forks Herald, indicate the suspect was the one who alerted authorities through a 911 call that he had struck the teenager.

The Herald reports that Brandt claimed Ellingson “was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come get Brandt after a political argument.”

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North Dakota Teenager Killed As Suspect Labels Him a Republican Extremist

Details of the confrontation are still being sorted out, as authorities indicate Brandt knew the North Dakota teenager’s mother and was drunk at the time of the incident.

“We do not know of any witnesses. We are still making attempts to interview potential witnesses from the street dance, people that were present prior to the crash happening,” North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told reporters.

But Brandt’s own 911 call allegedly defines the victim as a “Republican extremist.”

The court papers, according to the Herald, indicate it was a “politically motivated attack.”

Brandt is set to appear in court on October 11th and would face a minimum of 10 years in prison because of a DUI on his record, with the charges possibly netting him a 20-year sentence.

***UPDATE: Suspect Shannon Brandt has already been freed from jail, despite admitting to running over Ellingson with his vehicle. Fox reports that Brandt posted a $50,000 bond and was released from Stutsman County Jail. 


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While there is no defined outside link with the case of the North Dakota teenager being killed by someone accusing them of being part of a “Republican extremist group,” the incident comes amidst divisive rhetoric from a White House that has repeatedly cast Republicans in the same light.

President Biden delivered a speech earlier this month in which he vilified “MAGA Republicans” as extremists and a “threat to this country” while he spoke from a set bathed in blood red lighting, in front of a backdrop of Marines.

He used similar phrasing at a fundraiser for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer just days later.

“Extreme Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security, they embrace political violence,” Biden said.

The Political Insider’s Becky Noble reported his ‘MAGA extremists’ speech backfired with new polling indicating Americans are more concerned about what is happening to the country due to left-wing socialists.

Brandt, however, was clearly more concerned with the Republican threat, according to court documents, and the suggestion that the North Dakota teenager was calling people to help engage in political violence.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • What???? This piece of crumb was allowed bail. Well, I really think this piece of crumb will skip the country because that is way they think. Time for them to commit other offensives elsewhere. I would never allow bail to this piece of crumb, as it is threat and insult to our country,

  • " while he spoke from a set bathed in blood red lighting, in front of a backdrop of Marines."

    Same as how Adolph Hitler, addressed the German people, in 1938

  • Biden is a Senile Socialist he can't remember what he had for breakfast they better put him on a leash so he don't hurt himself.

  • This was premeditated murder. This guy should do life. His actions were incited by Joe's speech, and we need the senate to form a special committee to bring Joe to justice (after we impeach him).

  • He should not have been granted bail. This was a brutal murder for political reasons, nothing more. Unless we nip this garbage in the bud right here and now, it's only going to get worse.

  • This is incredibly sad. Even if the young man was calling friends to help him, the adult could have gotten in his car and driven away. This is not merely vehicular homicide and DUI, this is at least second degree murder.

  • Who the h.....l would even set a bond for this creature?????? It has to be a "woke" judge who believes this was acceptable and in this case, I wonder if the color of the victim would have even made a difference. The victim cannot speak so the KILLERs word is taken for truth. This is so twisted. I hope the man has children and can look them in the eye and try to justify this to them. Obviously, he is raising inbreds and is probably one himself. I'm guessing his half-sister is his wife and his 2nd cousin is his father. Wake up people and quit sitting by while the demons allow this to happen and please pray for the family of the young man.

  • This is what the demons do and have always done. Why is anybody surprised? This is so sad for the family of this young man but the news will not report it because OMG he's white and unimportant in their narrative of hate because this is the result of those words. They need to own this but they won't because they do not have the guts or gonads for it.

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