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Federal Sentence on Top Of One Year Already Served in Quinault Jail

September 28, 2007

KRISTOPHER GREGORY BRYAN, 25, of the Quinault Indian Reservation, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to seven years in prison for Assault with Intent to Commit Another Felony and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Judge Franklin D. Burgess imposed the top of BRYAN’s agreed upon sentencing range and ordered the sentence to follow the one year BRYAN has already served in the Quinault Tribal Jail. The sentence imposed also requires BRYAN, upon his release from federal prison, to serve up to 180 days at a half way house, followed by another 180 days on electronic GPS monitoring.

BRYAN pleaded guilty May 22, 2007. According to the plea agreement, in late November 2005, BRYAN assaulted a woman in her home on the Quinault Reservation. BRYAN kept the woman confined to a room in the house and burned her on the arm with a lighter. Later he attacked her with a knife and a metal bar. The woman suffered permanent injury to her knee.

In asking for the lengthy sentence, Assistant United States Attorney J. Tate London wrote to the court, “Although Defendant’s victim was fortunate to escape with her life, she faces a lifetime of dealing with the serious emotional and physical trauma that BRYAN, someone who supposedly cared for her, brutally inflicted upon her.”

At the hearing today, when asked why he committed the crime, BRYAN blamed his behavior on his methamphetamine abuse. In response, Judge Burgess stated, “If you know you do these things when you get high, the answer is, you don’t get high.”

The case was investigated by the Quinault Police Department and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Tate London and Jill Otake. Mr. London is the lead prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office for crimes on Indian Reservations.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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