Kristofer Erlbacher Wiki/Bio
After a fight over mayonnaise, an Iowa man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a buddy who he repeatedly drove over with a pickup truck.
According to The Des Moines Register, Kristofer Erlbacher rammed Caleb Solberg outside a café in the small hamlet of Pisgah on December 17, 2020. According to the Register, Erlbacher originally drove away, then returned and ran over Solberg twice more with his truck.
He is 29 years old.
The two had been out drinking earlier in the night in nearby Moorhead with another individual, but things took a turn when Erlbacher poured mayo on Solberg’s dinner, enraged Solberg, and provoked a bar fight, according to the Woodbine Twiner-Herald.
On his way to the café, a furious Erlbacher called Solberg’s half-brother, Craig Pryor, and threatened to set fire to Solberg’s house and shoot him, according to the newspaper. Pryor subsequently returned to Dave’s Old Home in Pisgah, where another brawl was in the works.
Pryor’s truck was eventually rammed by Erlbacher, who subsequently rammed Solberg.
According to the Twiner-Herald, District Court Judge Greg Steensland wrote in the verdict, “Erlbacher’s first blow to Solberg did not kill him. He can be heard screaming for his brother, Craig Pryor,”
“Rather than just leave, Erlbacher went down the street, turned around, and came back to strike Solberg a second time … To be sure he had completed the job, Erlbacher drove his truck up and over Solberg one last time.”
After that, Erlbacher drove away, but his truck broke down not long after. According to the verdict, he told Pryor over the phone that he had slain Solberg.
Kristofer Erlbacher Found Guilty
After a bench trial in December of last year, Erlbacher was found guilty and jailed on Monday.