Cassandra Rieb was eighteen years old when she helped her boyfriend Brendan Lee Johnson murder his Grandparents. According to court documents Cassandra Rieb and Brendan Lee Johnson would attack the Grandfather who would die of a heart attack during the struggle. The Grandmother would be brought to a remote location where she was strangled and stabbed several times. Police would find the male victim during a welfare check however the female victim was not found for some time. These teen killers were initially charged with the double murder and the prosecutors were seeking the death penalty however both teen killers would plead guilty. Cassandra Rieb would receive an eighty year prison sentence and Brendan Lee Johnson would receive a life sentence
Cassandra Rieb 2021 Information
|Name:RIEB, CASSANDRA AAge:24Ethnicity:WHITEGender:FEMALEHair Color:BROWNEye Color:BLUEHeight:5′ 02″Weight:135||DOC Number:168793Est. Parole|
Eligibility Date:05/23/2072Next Parole
Hearing Date:Mar 2072This offender is scheduled on the Parole Board agenda for the month and year above. Please contact the facility case manager for the exact date.
Release Date:05/23/2092Est. Sentence
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Cassandra Rieb Other News
The dismembered remains of a Colorado woman missing since her husband was discovered dead last week have been found, and the couple’s teenage grandson and girlfriend have been arrested in connection with the slayings, authorities said on Tuesday.
Police in Sterling, about 110 miles (177 km) northeast of Denver, said partial remains of Shirley Severance, 70, were found at a reservoir 18 miles (29 km) southwest of the farming town, and a second set located across the state line in Lorenzo, Nebraska.
Her husband, Charles Severance, also 70, was found dead inside the couple’s home last week, with his wife missing.
Sterling Police Chief Tyson Kerr said on Tuesday the elderly couple’s grandson and his girlfriend were arrested for the slayings after investigators found the missing woman’s remains late on Monday.
Brendan Lee Johnson, 19, and Cassandra Ann Rieb, 18, are being held without bond in the Logan County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder as well as felony robbery, theft and forgery charges, police said.
“These are the charges they are being held on and not necessarily the formal charges,” Kerr said in a statement. “In addition, some of these charges may be filed as crimes against an at-risk adult.”
Agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Sterling police and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office are processing the multiple crime scenes and the investigation is ongoing, he said.
Kerr said an autopsy will be performed on Shirley Severence this week. Police have not revealed the full autopsy results for her husband.
Logan County District Attorney Brittny Lewton said the judge in the case had issued a gag order and so she could not discuss how the couple was killed, or a possible motive.
The two teenagers will be advised of the charges at a court hearing on Wednesday, Lewton said.
Cassandra Rieb Other News
A status conference in the murder trial of Cassandra Rieb turned into a plea agreement and sentencing instead on Friday. The 19-year-old Sterling native pleaded guilty to two added felony counts that carry a sentence of 80 years in prison.
Rieb was charged last year in the murders of Charles and Shirley Severance and was facing a possible death sentence. Her boyfriend and co-defendant, 20-year-old Brendan Johnson — the Severances’ grandson — was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday after pleading guilty to first degree murder of Shirley Severance, in exchange for having 13 other charges dropped and the withdrawal of intent to seek death penalty.
After admitting to second degree murder and first degree assault with a deadly weapon on an at-risk victim for the death of 70-year-old Shirley Severance, Rieb was sentenced to consecutive terms of 48 years and 32 years, respectively, followed by 5 years mandatory parole. In exchange, the 13 original counts were dropped, along with a pending case on a contraband charge she received while in jail.
District Attorney Brittny Lewton noted that as crimes of violence, the convictions carry a statutory mandate that Rieb serve at least 75 percent of her sentence. However, she added, the Department of Corrections may not honor that mandate. Regardless, Lewton said Rieb will probably serve at least 65 percent of her 80-year sentence, and should she be granted parole, she will be “very elderly” when she leaves prison.
In accepting the plea agreement, Judge Charles Hobbs spoke about the tragedy at the heart of the case: the deaths of the two victims. While many others have suffered from the crime, he said it would be “a disservice” to the couple if the loss of their lives was not the central focus of his decision.
One thing all sides agreed on was that Rieb had a lot going for her.
Defense attorney Tina Tussay addressed the court and talked about Rieb’s background. She noted the numerous interviews the defense team conducted in preparing for the case, and said the common message was that Rieb “was a good girl.”
Tussay cited Rieb’s many accomplishments in school and extra curricular activities. She said that the fall of 2013, when Rieb was a senior at Sterling High School, should have been an exciting time in Rieb’s life. Rieb was “on her way to a bright future,” Tussay said.
However, their interviews and research also showed that over the months leading up to December 2013, something was “seriously bothering” Rieb, something that she wouldn’t talk about with anyone. Rieb underwent a dramatic change, and the once-honor student dropped out of school and began using drugs daily to cope with her pain, Tussay said, calling Rieb’s behavior a “downward spiral.” She acknowledged that her client is “imperfect and damaged,” and that she does things she wouldn’t otherwise do while under the influence of drugs.
Tussay said the plea agreement represents that “Justice can be mercy,” calling it merciful that both Rieb and Johnson were spared the possibility of a death sentence. She said she was “blessed and proud” to defend Rieb, and hopes her client will emerge “older and wiser” from prison.
Rieb’s clean background was one of the factors Lewton mentioned when explaining why and how she differentiated Rieb’s case from Johnson’s. She noted that Johnson had previous contact with law enforcement, including serving time for a third minor in possession charge.
She explained that in the beginning, she opted to keep the two cases equally situated, and that she “firmly believes” Johnson would have faced the death penalty if he had gone to trial. After the hearing, Lewton said her primary focus was getting the stiffest penalty she could for Johnson. After his case was done, she turned her attention to Rieb’s case and evaluated her individually