Anchorage killer Denali Brehmer sentenced for producing child pornography

Left to right, Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Patrick McKay Jr.; Emily Cooper, defense attorney; Denali Brehmer. Photo credit: Alaska Department of Law, Patty Sullivan.

An Anchorage woman who conspired with others to murder her friend in June of 2019 has been sentenced in another aspect of the case: Her role in a conspiracy to produce child sexual abuse material and pornography. She received a sentence of 30 years from the U.S. District Court on March 4.

Brehmer is already serving a 99-year sentence for the murder of Cynthia Hoffman at Thunderbird Falls near Chugiak.

According to court documents, Denali Brehmer, 23, and co-conspirator Darin Schilmiller conspired to murder Hoffman in June 2019 while Schilmiller was living in Indiana. While they were conspiring to commit Hoffman’s murder, they also conspired to coerce a minor victim to produce sexually explicit images, which Brehmer took and sent to Schilmiller via text message.

Brehmer and Schilmiller pleaded guilty to production of child pornography in U.S. District Court in July 2023. Schilmiller is awaiting sentencing. He also is serving 99 years in prison his role in Hoffman’s murder.

In delivering the sentence, the court ordered Brehmer to serve a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the child porn charge and the rest of her life on supervised release.

“The harm Ms. Brehmer has caused to the victims and their families through the course of her conduct is unfathomable,” said U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska. “My office will continue our unwavering commitment to work with our law enforcement partners to protect Alaska’s children and seek justice against perpetrators who choose to commit these reprehensible crimes.”

“Denali Brehmer’s actions are beyond heinous,” said Anchorage Police Chief Michael Kerle.  “Overcoming the trauma the victim suffered due to Brehmer’s actions will be a life-long journey. This case is an excellent example of why various law enforcement entities working together through the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force is so vitally important. Hopefully today’s sentencing will aid the victim in their healing process.”


  1. Here ya go. Another deranged product of the Anchorage public schools. Good job, Democrats.
    You really know his to bring quality education to our city.

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