Man Gets 40 Years After Body Found In Dakota County Culvert

A 41-year-old Minneapolis man who was found guilty of murdering a 39-year-old was given a 40-year jail term.

Investigators claim that in March 2021, Ivan Contreras-Sanchez murdered a man in Minneapolis, traveled to Dakota County, and dropped the corpse into a culvert.

Approximately one mile east of Chippendale Avenue and 255th Street West in Castle Rock Township, a bystander discovered a corpse in a culvert beneath a field approach in late April of that year, according to the authorities.

The corpse was identified as that of Minneapolis resident Manuel Mandujano, 39.

According to police, a confidential informant who provided information to investigators said that a lady admitted to aiding in moving Mandujano’s body.

A jury found Contreras-Sanchez guilty of second-degree deliberate murder toward the end of last month. The jury also decided to let the court to take the state’s request for a sentence that is longer than usual into consideration.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman stated, “I first want to convey my sympathies to the victim’s family for the death of their loved one. “This was a very brutal act of violence, and I am convinced that the sentence appropriately represents the heinousness of this crime.”

Contreras-Sanchez would have gotten a sentence of 306 months, or 25 and 1/2 years, according to the state’s presumptive sentencing standards. However, the court determined that Contreras-Sanchez acted particularly cruelly and gave him the maximum punishment allowed by law for second-degree intentional homicide.

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