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Ex-Homecoming Queen Sentenced For Dismemberment Torso Was Buried In Colburn; Head Dumped Off I-35
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Posted on 03/22/2002 11:08:33 AM PST by chance33_98

Ex-Homecoming Queen Sentenced For Dismemberment

Torso Was Buried In Colburn; Head Dumped Off I-35

POSTED: 5:22 p.m. EST March 19, 2002
UPDATED: 9:22 a.m. EST March 20, 2002

Tina Leja wept Tuesday as a judge sentenced her to 17 1/2 years in prison for her role in the murder and dismemberment of a St. Paul, Minn., man.

Leja told Hennepin County District Judge Thor Anderson she knew it was her fault that Bobbie Dee Holder died.

"I didn't anticipate for someone to get hurt or even lose their life the way Bobbie did, but I can't change it, as much as I want to," Leja said.

Three other people were convicted in Holder's death: Darnell Smith, 26, Chaka Love Smith, 18, and Andre Lamont Parker, 30. Parker was sentenced to four years on Monday. Chaka Smith was sentenced to 20 years Tuesday. Darnell Smith's conviction carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Leja, 27, of Woodbury, Minn., who was once homecoming queen at Lake Holcombe High School in Wisconsin, became romantically involved with Smith while she was a guard at the Stillwater state prison. She was fired for their relationship, which she continued after his release about two months before the killing.

Leja and Parker drove the body parts to the western Wisconsin town of Colburn, where they buried Holder's torso on property Leja's father owned. That was discovered July 8. Leja said they dumped his head and limbs south of Duluth off Interstate 35, but those parts have not been found.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Wisconsin
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Never trusted those homecoming queen types...
1 posted on 03/22/2002 11:08:33 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
This is shocking.

A homecoming queen crime story that doesn't come from Texas.

2 posted on 03/22/2002 11:11:42 AM PST by Shermy
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To: chance33_98
You always dismember the one you love.
4 posted on 03/22/2002 11:12:48 AM PST by LJLucido
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To: chance33_98
musta been a white guy. no Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton.
5 posted on 03/22/2002 11:13:11 AM PST by camle
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To: chance33_98
"Everybody run...

the homecoming queen's got a gun."

6 posted on 03/22/2002 11:14:51 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: camle
Was she doused with pig's blood first?
7 posted on 03/22/2002 11:14:57 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: Shermy
A homecoming queen crime story that doesn't come from Texas.

I think I read somewhere that she wishes she had lived in Texas...But no fear, when I get home I am sure I will dig up some good texas stuff :)
8 posted on 03/22/2002 11:15:31 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
drove to property owned by family and buried some of the parts.....you did say homecoming queen not vaeldictorian didn't you!
9 posted on 03/22/2002 11:17:27 AM PST by arly
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To: chance33_98
ARTIST: Julie Brown
TITLE: The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun

Hooooo
It was homecoming night at my high school
Hooooo
Everyone was there, it was totally cool
Hooooo
I was real excited, I almost wet my jeans
Hooooo
'Cause my best friend Debbie was homecoming queen

She looked so pretty in pink chiffon, chiffon
Riding the float with her tiara on, tiara on
Holding this humongous bouquet in her hand, bouquet
She looked straight out of Disneyland

You know, like the Cinderella ride, I mean definitely an E ticket, E ticket
The crown was cheering, everyone was stoked, was stoked
I mean it was like the whole school was totally choked or something
The band was playing Evergreen
And all of a sudden somebody screamed

Look out! The homecoming queen's got a gun!

{Refrain}
Everybody run, the homecoming queen's got a gun
Everybody run, the homecoming queen has got a gun

Debbie's smiling and waving her gun
Picking off cheerleaders one by one
Oh Buffie's pompom just blew to bits
Oh no, Mitzie's head just did the splits
God, my best friend's on a shooting spree
Stop it, Debbie, you're embarrassing me
How could you do what you just did
Are you having a really bad period

{Refrain}

Stop Debbie, you're making a mess
Powder burns all over your dress

An hour later the cops arrived
By then the entire glee club had died, no big loss
You wouldn't believe what they brought to stop her
Tear gas, machine guns, even a chopper
"Throw down your gun and tiara and come out of the float"
Debbie didn't listen to what the cop said
She aimed and fired and now the math teacher's dead
Oh it's really sad but kind of a relief
I mean, we had this big test coming up next week

{Refrain}

Debbie's really having a blast
She's wasting half of the class

The cops fired a warning shot that blew her off the float
I tried to scream "duck" but it stuck in my throat
She hit the ground and did a flip, it was real acrobatic
But I was crying so hard I couldn't work my instamatic
I ran down to Debbie, I had to find out
What made her do it, why'd she freak out
I saw the bullet had got her right in the ear
I knew then the end was near

So I ran down and I said, in her good ear, "Debbie, why'd you do it?"
She raised her head, smiled, and said "I - I did it for Johnny."
Johnny? Well like who's Johnny? Answer me, Debbie, who's Johnny?
Does anybody here know Johnny? Are you Johnny? There was one guy named Johnny but he was a total geek, he always had food in his braces.
Answer me, Debbie, who's Johnny? Oh God this is like that movie Citizen Kane you know where you later find out Rosebud was a sled? But we'll never know who Johnny was because like she's dead.

Everybody run, the homecoming queen's got a gun
Everybody run, the homecoming queen has got a
Everybody run
Everybody run, the homecoming queen has got a

10 posted on 03/22/2002 11:18:10 AM PST by spodefly
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To: chance33_98
off course it is a good thing most criminals are stupid!
11 posted on 03/22/2002 11:18:15 AM PST by arly
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To: chance33_98
I almost lost my head over a homecoming queen once.
12 posted on 03/22/2002 11:18:30 AM PST by deadrock
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To: Shermy
In the meantime, go here:
NewsDirectory and select Texas. All the broadcast stations and newspapers linked there. Great way to find all the news you want from all over the US.
13 posted on 03/22/2002 11:18:37 AM PST by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
"Everybody run, the homecoming queen's got a gun..."
14 posted on 03/22/2002 11:20:02 AM PST by Poohbah
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To: chance33_98
Is this a hate crime or is the Queen black and the dead guy white?
15 posted on 03/22/2002 11:21:02 AM PST by Ann Archy
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To: LJLucido
"You must dismember this...a kiss is just a kiss..."
16 posted on 03/22/2002 11:21:21 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: spodefly
One of my alltime favorites!

Man, I miss the DR. Demento show.

17 posted on 03/22/2002 11:22:22 AM PST by MTRatt
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To: chance33_98
"I didn't anticipate for someone to get hurt or even lose their life the way Bobbie did, but I can't change it, as much as I want to," Leja said.

It sounds like she would be ok with it, if it had been done some other way-- meaning she's sorry she got caught.

18 posted on 03/22/2002 11:26:44 AM PST by let freedom sing
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To: Ann Archy
Three other people were convicted in Holder's death: Darnell Smith, 26, Chaka Love Smith, 18, and Andre Lamont Parker...

I'm guessing black, not only because of the names but because the report didn't mention race.

19 posted on 03/22/2002 11:26:55 AM PST by randog
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To: chance33_98
Women ought not to be allowed on the premises of mens prisons.
20 posted on 03/22/2002 11:30:37 AM PST by crystalk
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To: Shermy
A homecoming queen crime story that doesn't come from Texas.

And has nothing to do with cheerleading!
21 posted on 03/22/2002 11:30:53 AM PST by snowfox
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To: chance33_98
Is this her?

22 posted on 03/22/2002 11:32:29 AM PST by Mixer
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To: chance33_98
Reminds me of a song I once heard on Dr. Demento:

Everybody run!

The Homecoming Queen's gotta gun!!

Everybody run!

The Homecoming Queen has got a gun!!

23 posted on 03/22/2002 11:32:49 AM PST by Destructor
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To: spodefly
Cause I'm a Blond -- Julie Brown

Because I'm blond, I don't have to think
I talk like a baby and I never pay for drinks
Don't have to worry about gettin' a man
If I keep this blond and I keep these tan

Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah
Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah

I see people working, it just makes me giggle
Cause I don't have to work, I just have to jiggle
Cause I'm blond, B-L-O-N-D
Cause I'm a blond, don't you wish you were me?

I never learned to read and I never learned to cook
Why should I bother when I look like I look?
I know lots of people are smarter than me
But I have this philosophy: SO WHAT?! *giggles*

Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah

I see girls without dates and I feel so sorry for 'em
Cause whenever I'm around, all the men ignore 'em
Cause I'm blond, nyah nyah nyah
Cause I'm a blond, nyah nyah nyah

They say to make it you need talent and ambition
Well I got a TV show, and this was my audition:
Umm, okay, what was it?
Okay, um, don't tell me... oh yeah, okay,
DUCK, MAGNUM, DUCK!
Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah
Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah

I took an IQ test and I flunked it of course
I can't spell VW but I got a Porsche
Cause I'm a blond, B-L-I-N-D
Cause I'm a blond, don't you wish you were me?

I just wanna say that being chosen as this month's Miss August
Is like a compliment I'll remember for as long as I can.
Right now I'm a freshman in my 4th year at UCLA,
But my goal is to become a veterinarian cause I love children.
Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah
Cause we're a blond, yeah yeah yeah

Girls think I'm snotty and maybe it's true
With my hair and body, you would be too!
Cause I'm a blond, B-L... I don't know!
Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah
Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah
Cause I'm a blond, yeah yeah yeah!

24 posted on 03/22/2002 11:47:05 AM PST by jlogajan
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To: chance33_98
Ai-ya! This is terrible.
25 posted on 03/22/2002 11:52:04 AM PST by pray4liberty
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To: chance33_98
"Everybody run. The homecoming queen has got a gun."
26 posted on 03/22/2002 11:55:04 AM PST by Junior
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To: chance33_98
She was confused. She thought "to dismember" was the same as "to forget".
27 posted on 03/22/2002 11:57:55 AM PST by Random Access
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To: randog
NOT because of names?? LOL -- will there also be a "name profiling" law?
28 posted on 03/22/2002 12:04:22 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: chance33_98
This story begs for context. What was the motive?

(Paging Joel and Ethan Coen . . .)

29 posted on 03/22/2002 12:04:58 PM PST by Plummz
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To: chance33_98
"Tina Leja...homecoming queen at Lake Holcombe High School in Wisconsin, became romantically involved with Smith while she was a guard at the Stillwater state prison".

Hmmm,just think,she could've gone to Washington D.C.,Worked for a Congressman,Worked at the Bureau of Prisons and Disappeared.I'm wondering which is the more positive action.Her going to Jail or her not Going to D.C.? </Sarcasm------- Murder.Dismemberment.Tossing it along the road.Digging a hole on her parents property.What is wrong w/ these people?I refuse to believe it's hereditary,it just can't be.

30 posted on 03/22/2002 12:07:14 PM PST by Pagey
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To: Plummz
Lots of HEAD news lately, isn't there?
31 posted on 03/22/2002 12:07:15 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Random Access
"... She thought "to dismember" was the same as "to forget"

Only if you are speaking in Ebonics.

32 posted on 03/22/2002 12:07:46 PM PST by albee
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To: chance33_98
I shudder to think how the less popular kids from this school turned out.
33 posted on 03/22/2002 12:14:58 PM PST by Dakmar
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To: randog
Chaka Love...Chaka Love...Chaka Love
34 posted on 03/22/2002 12:23:55 PM PST by TC Rider
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To: spodefly
Dr. Demento Bump!
35 posted on 03/22/2002 12:46:23 PM PST by Clemenza
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To: chance33_98
Good grief.
36 posted on 03/22/2002 12:54:38 PM PST by FryingPan101
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