Minneapolis, MN—- 23-year-old Lyuba Savenok, mother-of-two, and 26-weeks pregnant, was stabbed to death at her home in Eden Prairie, Minn. Saturday. Her husband, Yevgeniy Savenok (30), was taken to the Hennepin County Jail where he was being detained on a probable cause hold for murder. He had apparently fled the scene in the company of the couple’s two children, ages 3 and 4, before surrendering to the local police. The two had been married for about six years, and neighbors report that there had been a police presence at their residence on multiple occasions in the past.
It is likely that second-degree murder charges will be filed by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office with the option of presenting the case to a Grand Jury for consideration of first-degree murder charges at a later time. The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines call for a 306-month sentence for 2nd-degree murder (with intent), and natural life for 1st-degree murder. First-degree murder can be established in at least seven ways in Minnesota. A relevant section of the murder statutes here is the clause that provides, “causes the death of a human being while committing domestic abuse, when the perpetrator has engaged in a past pattern of domestic abuse upon the victim or upon another family or household member and the death occurs under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life.” Of course, it is unclear whether the defendant will be charged with any crime at this point because the facts are known only to the police and the prosecutors at this time.
Minneapolis– May 17, 2016–Yevgeniy “Eugene” Savenok (30) was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the death of his wife, Lyuba Savenok (23) and the unborn child Tuesday. According to 2014 court filings she had been beaten and abused by her husband. He was afraid she was going to leave him and take the kids with her reports said.
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