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“MURDERER ON THE COLVILLE RESERVATION SENT TO PRISON”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2011

Spokane – Today, Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Ryan Seideman, age 24, of Nespelem, Washington, was sentenced to 327 months in prison for second degree murder. He was ordered to serve five years of court supervision after he is released from prison.

After a jury trial, on December 7, 2010, Ryan Seideman, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, was found guilty of second degree murder of Lillian Jolene Lee. Ms. Lee was then age 46 and also a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Ms. Lee's body was found at her residence on March 20, 2006. She was a victim of sharp force homicidal violence. The lengthy investigation culminated in the identification of the defendant through DNA evidence.

Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, "I hope the victim's family finds some solace in the resolution of this case. The defendant has now been held accountable for his senseless and violent acts. This office is committed to prosecuting major crimes on Indian reservations and ensuring that violent offenders are brought to justice."

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colville Tribal Police. This case was prosecuted by Jill Bolton, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

09-CR-005-RHW

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