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Teen couple ‘strangled the boy’s grandparents to death and burned a victim’s dismembered body to hurry his $20,000 inheritance’

Written By : Tiffiny Ruegner
June 5, 2014

I cried when I read this story… this is the new culture of the rising generation: Brandan Johnson’s 70 year old grandmother pleaded for her life and offered to give her grandson money but Brandan and his girlfriend stabbed and strangled the woman to death anyway. I guess he just didn’t have the patience to wait for his inheritance.

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A teenage couple from Colorado accused of murdering the boy’s grandfather, and killing and dismembering his grandmother, allegedly planned the grisly crime so he could collect his inheritance.

Brendan Johnson, 19, and 18-year-old Cassandra Rieb appeared in court Wednesday in Sterling, a small city on Colorado’s rural northeastern plains 110 miles northeast of Denver, a day after they were arrested in the deaths of Charles and Shirley Severance, both 70.

Arrest affidavits show both teens told police they planned to kill Johnson’s grandparents by smothering them with pillows as they slept. Police say Rieb told them Johnson wanted to inherit their house and $20,000 from their checking account.

Police say the teens dumped some of Shirley Severance’s remains at a a reservoir near Sterling and others about 30 miles away across the state line in Lorenzo, Nebraska. Police discovered Charles Severance’s body in his home last week.

The teenage couple 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. According to court documents, following their arrest the couple admitted that they had begun planning the murders in early May.

‘We had agreed to do it together; Obviously… like one get one and the other get the other one,’ Cassandra Reib was allegedly quoted as saying in the affidavit.

Mr. Severence put up a fight while his grandson was strangling him but the 70 year old man ultimately died of a heart attack the police say. If my grandchild was strangling me to get their inheritance from me I think my heart would give up in that moment too.

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