(Photo showing Shannon Brandt and Cayler EllingsonScreenshot from madrastribune.com)

Court papers indicate that 41-year-old Shannon Brandt killed 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson over a political disagreement. Following the disagreement at a street dance in McHenry, North Dakota, Ellington called his mother in an attempt to be rescued from Shannon Brandt. Brandt was chasing Ellington through the streets with his car, and upon hitting Ellington, Brandt called 911, where he admitted that hitting Ellington with his car apparently wasn’t an accident, and what appears to be a killing following a political dispute. Brandt is being charged with vehicular manslaughter.

According to inforum.com:

Brandt was officially charged Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. “He was the one who called 911 to report the crash,” said North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind. Court papers show Brandt called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and told the 911 dispatcher that he just hit Ellingson, claiming the teen was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come get Brandt after a political argument.

Ellingson’s mom told police her son called her just before the crash, asking if she knew Brandt, which she does. She does not believe her son knew him. “We are still trying to determine what, exactly, transpired at the time of crash and prior to that as well,” explained Niewind.

Police say Brandt was drunk when he hit and killed Ellingson with his SUV in an alleyway.

“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,” Niewind said. A judge ordered Brandt held on $50,000, which he objected, saying he’s not a flight risk. “I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge. If convicted on the vehicular homicide charge, Brandt would face a minimum of 10 years in prison because of a DUI on his record.

The maximum for the crime is 20 years. Troopers say as the investigation develops, they could recommend more serious charges.

A gofundme has been set up to help pay for Ellingson’s funeral expenses.

Sadly, this story has not made many major news publications, similar to those that were violent during the BLM riots in 2020. A drunk 41-year-old political extremist killed an 18-year-old by chasing the highschool aged student down with his car due to a political disagreement – if the roles were reversed politically, then Ellington would be a martyr, not pushed to the back of the news cycle. Hopefully, more details come out and the police are able to change Brandt with a more serious charge than vehicular manslaughter, where he would face a minimum of 10 years in prison due to his previous DUI.


  1. I think we are in a sad state of affairs in this country when we can’t disagree on any issues without valance. We need to get back to GOD again.

  2. Sounds like a Hate Crime to me.
    I don’t believe in the Hate Crime statutes, but if they are on the books, they should be applied equally.

  3. Such a trgagic foolish waste of life. If this grown man cared so much for his family he should have given more thought to the consequences before letting his rage & stupidity take a life . I can feel sadness for all the families involved but I feel contempt for the stupid speech made by Biden to inflame the left against the right. IF he is the originator of these idea and speeches, he should be stopped whether by impeachment or hospitilization. IF someone else is pulling the strings and using Biden as a front they need to be arrested and tried for treason and possibly share some of the guilt for the loss of this young life. WHAT HAS BECOME OF OUR BEAUTFUL AMERICA ??

  4. Here is another Story that the MSDNC media will not cover. Why just Manslaughter? It was intentional so why not Murder 1 or 2? But he is out and walking around.

  5. I see. So, the same things that were important to Brandt were also important to Cayler. Now neither one gets what they wanted. The Lefties Hate and Anger always ends in tragedy.

  6. A leftist idiot deliberately ran down a conservative teenager because he says the teenager was a maga terrorist. Congratulations Biden, you have succeeded in your first kill. If nothing is done to this leftist killer you can be sure more will follow, with the same excuse.

  7. This person should be chargd with premedited murder using a vehicle as a weapon.This is what happens when you intentionaly teach and encourage people to do violence against those that have a different opinion than you do.

  8. Why is there a label of right wing ??? It’s a kid with a conservative opinion…It was a premeditated plane to run him over…Drunk has no barring on this…The other thing is the media is complicit in all of this hate because they refuse to show the grievances of the left against the right …It’s obvious that they don’t want to reflect badly against sleepy Joe Bygon…The media is focused on about four things…Trump, DeSantis, Abbott, and abortion…They are destroying our country and playing right into the left’s agenda…God help us…

  9. That man should be in jail with no bail whatsoever, and should be cited for First Degree Murder. Who’s threatened any witnesses? Where’s James O’Keefe? This is beyond horrible. Democrats are getting away with murder and we’re allowing them that preference.

  10. We’ll see if the D.A. amends the criminal complaint to some form of intentional homicide. I do not know if in North Dakota can act in mitigation of an intentional homicide. We’ll see.

  11. ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC hasn’t said a damn thing about it! Now, if a MAGA supporter ran over a Left-Wing Liberal it would have been talked about for the next two years!

  12. OMG, This is so horrific no matter what was said this sicko ran over an 18 year old kid and murdered him. He should be under the jail where he belongs and if this was in reverse the conservative right wing PERSON would be in jail where he belongs. This sicko must get at least 20 years as this was no accident and I don’t believe that a walking person can go head on a person in a vehicle. The sad thing about ALL this is that someone felt like their opinion was correct and the other wasn’t and thus he must die. SO WRONG! What has happened to our world that you can’t talk things out?

  13. The idiot should get the death penalty. To kill a young man because of a political disagreement.
    Sounds like a democratic communist to me.

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