Carson Colony Man Sentenced To Prison For Killing His Son On Tribal Land

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RENO, Nev. – A Carson Colony tribe member was sentenced yesterday to 70 months in prison for killing his son on tribal land in December 2019.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on December 13, 2019, Steven Bryan (52) shot his son in the head with an AR-15 style rifle on the Carson Colony of the Washoe Tribe Reservation. Bryan and his son had been in a quarrel over money owed.

On June 16, 2021, following a seven-day trial, a jury convicted Bryan of one count of voluntary manslaughter. In addition to the prison term, Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du sentenced Bryan to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, and the Washoe Tribe Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Penelope Brady and Andolyn Johnson prosecuted the case.

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The Department of Justice is committed to addressing violent crime in native communities and to improving the federal response to reports of missing or murdered American Indians or Alaska Natives. For more information about the Department’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons initiative, visit: www.justice.gov/tribal.

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