Murderer Denali Brehmer pleads guilty to killing ‘friend’ Cynthia Hoffman at Thunderbird Falls


Twenty-two-year-old Denali Brehmer pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murder in the first degree for charges stemming from the June 2, 2019, murder of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman near Thunderbird Falls in Chugiak.

Brehmer admitted the facts contained in the complaint initially filed in the case. The case was investigated by the Anchorage Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of multiple other State and federal law enforcement agencies.

The murder of Hoffman involved a group of three young adults who were “catfished” by an Indiana man to commit the crime for money. Catfishing is a term relating to people who adopt false identities online to lure or trick people. In this case, the friends of Hoffman lured her to a remote place near Thunderbird Falls, tied her up, and executed her. They rolled her body into the Eklutna River.

Darin Schilmiller, the man allegedly behind the murder-for-hire scheme, has pleaded not guilty to charges against him, which included him posing online as a self-described millionaire named Tyler and offering Brehmer $9 million to “rape and murder someone in Alaska.”

He is housed at Goose Creek Correctional Center. Schilmiller has been in court numerous times since his arrest and extradition from Indiana, and has a trial-setting hearing on March 15. Kayden McIntosh, who was 16 at the time and accused of pulling the trigger, has a trial-setting hearing on that date, as does Caleb Leyland, who was 19 at the time, and who is accused of driving the get-away car.

During the investigation of Hoffman’s death, Anchorage police confiscated the cell phone of suspect Brehmer, who was then 18 and who police said was intimately involved in the death and disposal of “CeCe” Hoffman’s body.

In Brehmer’s phone, investigators found clues to the murder, and also found child pornography involving Denali sexually abusing two children, which federal investigators said she had done at the behest of Shilmiller.

There is no agreement between the parties regarding a specific term of imprisonment. Judge Peterson may sentence Brehmer to a term of imprisonment of no less than 30 years and no more than 99 years. Sentencing is scheduled to begin Aug. 22, in front of Judge Peterson in Anchorage and is anticipated to last three days.

The charges against Brehmer for conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, solicitation of murder in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence and two charges of murder in the second degree were dismissed. It’s unclear why there are no state charges against Brehmer related to rape and child pornography.


  1. That’s the new law as they hide their faces while administering their justice.we know the masks don’t work but they dont

  2. These young people are sick. Pedophiles, murderers, and gang-like thuggery. Teenaged girls. Too much cellphone usage. Too much social media. They are products of public schools, left-wing indoctrination, and a woke society fueled by the media.

    • Seconded.

      It needs to have attention drawn to it, be done in a manner that truly serves justice, and contributes into our society a powerful aversion to the idea of facing justice for crimes that should NEVER be committed.

  3. I bet all before this event parents or
    parent didn’t make their
    15 year old work. They were allowed to spend more time behind a screen neglecting their real world time being employed.
    They should had been parent guided to keep franchise job during teen years.
    Modeling and instructing good work habits goes into discipline as “Discipline your son (or daughter), and he will give you rest; he will give you delight to your heart.”-prov 29:17

  4. Brings out the need to reform social media and provide more counseling for at risk youth. Unfortunate that MRAK anonymous trolls would rather opine about sanitation and public health protocol

    • Mmmmmmmmm like how you’re still complaining about the accounting program that Sullivan bought?

      This is kettle..

    • We opine about sanitation and public health protocol because the tyrants on the Anchorage ass-embly have repeatedly shoved draconian and nonsensical mandates on those matters down our throats. Just in case you have forgotten the Covidian tyranny already, “frank”.

  5. Sometimes I wish Alaska had a death penalty.

    And thanks for reporting on this — I’ve been wondering for years what happened to these criminals regarding this horrible act.

  6. It is obvious that Denali is male so why is there no mention of his transition for this very male crime/behavior? A comment from someone who knew him on Reddit even mentions that he “went by a different name.” I’m not buy it that “Denali” is female. Please do better with your reporting.

  7. What a sad story that leaves a person wondering how anyone can be so callous and evil. But people obviously can be, and “normal” and healthy mental standards aren’t a set moral standard anymore. Don’t believe that? Here’s an example: If the incarcerated dirtbag who catfished these kids into a senseless murder had instead offered to pay one of the young girls for aborting her unborn baby, the Left would celebrate and help facilitate her decision to kill her unborn baby. What a twisted world.

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