A Minnesota man has been convicted of first-degree murder for beheading his girlfriend in front of multiple witnesses
MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota man was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday for beheading his girlfriend in front of multiple witnesses.
Alexis Saborit, 44, was found guilty in July 2021 of murdering America Thayer, 56.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Saborit hit Thayer with an 8-pound dumbbell while they were in a vehicle near downtown Shakopee and then decapitated her with a machete.
People in other cars and in nearby homes saw the attack. One of them shot a video that appeared to show Saborit pulling Thayer’s body out of the car onto the street and then grabbing her head by the hair.
Saborit and Thayer were on their way to his court appearance on a felony charge that included him setting fire to their Shakopee home during a confrontation with police and Saborit assaulting Thayer after she told him she was want to end their relationship.
Saborit fled the scene, disposing of the machete along the way. He was arrested about 1.5 miles away near the TraveLodge Hotel where he was staying.
District Attorney Ron Hocevar said he was pleased with the verdict and expected Saborit to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.