David Hoffman denied parole in murder and dismembering of wife

By the time David Hoffman was done with his late wife, Carol, he'd choked her to death, cut her up, tried to feed the pieces to the garbage disposal, and then dumped them in Weaver Lake.

That was in 1980.

Yesterday, the 63-year-old Corcoran man was denied parole on his 1981 conviction for the third time, with a new parole review scheduled six years from now. Hoffman has apparently failed to live up to parole conditions, and has not shown remorse for his actions.

Phyllis Stebbins, Carol Hoffman's mother, told WCCO she feared Hoffman would kill again if he were back on the streets.

Here's the Department of Corrections statement:

David F. Hoffman, serving a life sentence for the 1980 death of his wife Carol Hoffman, was denied parole today by Corrections Commissioner Joan Fabian. His case was continued for review in six years. In making her decision, Commissioner Fabian said that Hoffman had not met all directives given to him at his previous review.

Hoffman, 63, was convicted of First-Degree Murder in 1981 in Hennepin County and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The sentencing law in place at that time required parole consideration after the offender served a minimum period of at least 17 years. Hoffman was denied parole in 1994 and again in 2000.

The corrections commissioner has statutory responsibility for parole decisions for offenders receiving life sentences with the possibility of parole.

Hoffman is currently incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Moose Lake, a medium-custody prison housing approximately 1,025 adult male inmates.

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