Bryan Redden pleads guilty to murdering Glens Falls mother and daughter

January 11, 2018 06:49 PM

QUEENSBURY - Bryan Redden said mostly "yes sir" or "no sir" as as he pleaded guilty to the entire 8-count indictment Thursday.

Judge John Hall asked Redden, "To count one, murder in the first degree, with regard to the death of two people, how do you plead?"

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Redden replied, "Guilty."

The 21-year-old former carnival worker and fast-food cook answered questions matter of factly and even appeared to smirk at times as the judge asked him to describe what happened inside the South Street apartment on August 11.

First, he admitted to using a kitchen knife to slit Crystal Riley's throat, then he killed Riley's daughter, 4-year-old Lilly Frasier.

"I slit her throat, too," Redden said as 15-20 relatives and friends of the victims listened in court Thursday.

Redden admitted using a knife that he got from Riley's kitchen and then taking off in Riley's Toyota Highlander after the murders, ditching the knife.

"I hid it in a dumpster behind Doheny's (convenience store) on Broad," he said.

Friends of Redden's say he and Riley were intimate, but not boyfriend and girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Redden was high on drugs and alcohol at the time of the murders, but they aren't saying what the motive was.

"I can't think of a motive that would make sense out of what's happened here," said Warren County District Attorney Jason Carusone.

Lana VanGundy, who described herself as a good friend of Redden's, was in court to hear him plead guilty.

She described Redden as a good man who is good with kids, including her own four year-old.

VanGundy says she was shocked at what he did, but not surprised he pleaded guilty.

"He did it because he knows what he did is wrong," she said.

He could face a maximum of life in prison without parole.

The judge said he's inclined to sentence Redden to 44-years-to-life, but will hear arguments from both the prosecution and defense and told Redden that he can withdraw his guilty plea if the sentence is more than 44 to life..

Redden will find out exactly what the sentence is on March 8th at 10 o'clock.


Mark Mulholland

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