Champlin man guilty of attempted murder in failed murder-suicide

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Robert Siegfried pleaded guilty to attempted murder of his ex-wife and is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Jan. 16, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Siegfried, 37, of Champlin pleaded guilty to attempted premeditated first-degree murder Thursday in the vicious knifing of his ex-wife on Labor Day. During his guilty plea, his attorney noted that Siegfried told him shortly after his arrest that he did not really want a lawyer because he wanted to quickly plead guilty.

His attorney also had Siegfried tell Hennepin County District Court Judge Kathryn Quaintance that prior to the stabbing he had been in a state mental hospital and was treated for depression and other psychological issues.

At his Jan. 16 hearing, Judge Quaintance will be deciding a sentence of between 153 and180 months in prison. A pre-sentence investigation will help guide the judge in her decision and it will include information about the crime and his mental condition, so Judge Quaintance ordered Siegfried to cooperate with its preparation.

In answers to questions from his lawyer, Siegfried told the court that he asked his ex-wife to come to his Champlin home and pick up their three children. However, he had removed the children from the house and when she arrived, Siegfried stabbed her repeatedly, he admitted.

In fact, he stabbed her about eight times in the neck and chest and she fell to the floor and pretended to be dead, according to the criminal complaint. When Siegfried went to his bedroom, she managed to get out of the house and call police on her cell phone. When police arrived, they found him hanging from his neck in the bedroom and they were able to get him down. On his computer was an email that said both he and his ex-wife were dead, the complaint stated.

“I just want to say how very sorry I am for what I’ve done,” Siegfried told Judge Quaintance.

Criminal complaint (pdf)