An Iowa man was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for using his truck to fatally hit a man after a fight over mayonnaise.
Kristofer Allan Erlbacher, 29, of Woodbine, was convicted of first-degree murder on Dec. 10, 2021.
Erlbacher hit and killed Caleb Scott Solberg, 30, of Moorhead, on Dec. 17, 2020.
Erlbacher, Solberg and a third person were at a bar in Moorhead drinking and eating when Erlbacher put mayonnaise on Solberg’s food.
Solberg punched Erlbacher, who left in his truck and made threats to hurt Solberg and others.
“‘It was just another bar fight in Harrison County,’ until it wasn’t any longer,” Solberg’s half-brother Craig Pryor said during the trial.
Erlbacher and the third person drove to a café in Pisgah, located about 10 minutes from the bar.
Solberg arrived at the café and spoke with Pryor.
Erlbacher spotted Solberg outside the café and ran him down with his truck.
He doubled back and ran over Solberg two more times.
Erlbacher said he acted in a reckless manner and did not intentionally kill Solberg.
During the trial, he attempted to have his charge reduced to second-degree murder, claiming he was intoxicated.
The sentence for a second-degree charge is 50 years in prison.