Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Marc Amouri Bakambia, age 29, who is not a U.S. citizen but was living in West St. Paul, pled guilty today to Murder in the Second Degree (With Intent to Kill) in connection with the August 9, 2014, death of Dorothy Ann Redd, age 24, of West St. Paul. As a result of this plea, other charges contained in the October 16, 2014, Grand Jury Indictment were dismissed.
Backstrom indicated that Bakambia’s case was currently being tried in Hastings at the time of the acceptance of his guilty plea today, and Bakambia was immediately sentenced by Judge Martha Simonett to 360 months in prison. He will face deportation to the Congo, his native country, upon completion of his prison term.
Bakambia admitted under oath today that he strangled Dorothy Ann Redd to death, after Ms. Redd told him she wished to end their relationship. Ms. Redd’s body was found by her mother on August 10, 2014, lying on the bed in the master bedroom of Ms. Redd’s West St. Paul apartment.
Backstrom indicated that this was not the first time that Bakambia had been involved in criminal activity. He was previously charged on August 8, 2014, with interference with a 911 call and domestic assault against Ms. Redd, which occurred on August 6. As a condition of his release on August 8, 2014, he was to have no contact with Ms. Redd.
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Backstrom commented: “Sadly, this was another domestic-related homicide that tragically claimed a life. Our deepest sympathy is expressed to the family and friends of Dorothy Ann Redd.”
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorneys Stacy St. George and Heather Pipenhagen, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom also thanked the West St. Paul Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438