Tribe Member Indicted For First Degree Murder On Tribal Land
RENO, Nev. – A tribe member today was arraigned in federal court before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Carla Baldwin for the murder of an individual on tribal land, announced Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI.
Steven Bryan, 51, of Reno, was indicted with one count of murder in the first degree. According to the indictment, on or about December 13, 2019, on the Carson Indian Colony, Bryan allegedly shot and killed an individual in the head with a rifle.
Bryan was arrested this morning and remains in custody pending an April 7, 2020, trial date. If convicted, Bryan faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was the product of an investigation by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Penelope Brady and Richard Casper are prosecuting the case.