Family dynamics can be complex. Often, when several generations of family members live together, there can be conflict. Unfortunately, a man in Minnesota who lived with his mother and grandmother now faces criminal charges following the former’s death.

The incident that led to the man’s arrest happened on a day in early July. The 28-year-old defendant claims he had been drinking when he heard his grandmother calling for help. Emergency responders came to the house after receiving a report of a “person down.” They performed CPR before transporting her to the hospital.

Unfortunately, the woman passed away three days later. A recent autopsy reportedly revealed that the woman’s death was the result of strangulation. Because the grandmother was smaller than the deceased, police did not feel it likely that she was able to overpower her daughter, resulting in the arrest of the son. The suspected motive for the murder is unclear as is whether and what evidence supports the claim that the deceased woman’s son murdered her.

The man is now charged with both intentional and unintentional murder. If convicted, he could spend up to 40 years in prison. The charges against the man are serious and come with serious ramifications if convicted. To help the Minnesota man make informed decisions about his case following the criminal charges, he may want an experienced professional to guide him through the process, including helping him decide whether to fight the charges in court; in some cases, a defendant may recognize that there is sufficient evidence to convict him or her regardless of guilt or innocence, prompting a guilty plea pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement.