On Monday, the 26-year-old Stillwater man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder and four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the fatal standoff at the Red Roof Inn in Woodbury.
The armed four-hour standoff with police occurred on Aug. 31, 2012, after Demetrius Santreell Ballinger used a handgun to hold five other adults and six teens hostage and rape four underage girls.
Mark Henderson, one of the hostages, was shot and killed by police as he fled. The 19-year-old was not armed, and the officers involved were not charged in his death.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput issued a statement saying, "Very seldom do we see a case where so many innocents are victimized in such a cruel manner. The severity of this sentence recognizes that and we are pleased to finally be able to bring closure to the victims of these heinous acts."
Ballinger was initially charged with 27 felonies, including robbery after he threatened to shoot everyone and ordered them to hand over their money and cell phones.
The case, which prompted Woodbury residents to call for closing the troubled motel, was prosecuted by Assistant County Attorney Siv Yurichuk.