Glens Falls man sentenced in murder of a mom and daughter

March 08, 2018 06:05 PM

The man who stabbed and killed a Glens Falls mother and her 4-year-old child is sentenced to 44 years to life in prison. Bryan Redden apologized Thursday for killing Crystal Riley and her daughter, Lilly Frasier.

"I loved my sister so much," Crystal's brother, Mike Riley, told the court.

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They're still haunted and heartbroken.

It was a crime that deeply affected not just Crystal Riley and Lilly Frasier's family, but everyone who heard the disturbing details.

It happened August 11. A 4-year-old girl is strangled and has her throat slit after witnessing the same thing happen to her mother. Riley was killed by Bryan Redden, a carny who came to the area from West Virginia to work at a county fair. Redden took Riley's life and then Lilly's, inside their South Street, Glens Falls home. Then, he took off in Riley's car. Glens Falls police arrested him later that day.

Before the judge sentenced him on Thursday, Redden heard from the family of the people he killed.

"I am beyond shattered inside. These wounds, they will never heal. This act of violence is unacceptable and unforgivable -- the damage caused by one evil person," chided MaryEllen Monroe, Crystal's mother.

Redden claims he was high on drugs and didn't know what he was doing, but district attorney Jason Carusone says Redden knew exactly what he was doing. His attorney reminded the judge that his client has a history of psychiatric problems.

When the judge gave Redden the opportunity to speak, he asked Crystal and Lilly's family to forgive him.

"Every day since this happened, I wish that I could trade my life for both of theirs and anything else needed to be given, I would gladly give times 10. I am worth less than the dirt underneath all of our shoes in this courtroom today and I know that," Redden told the court.

The sentence of 44 years to life means Bryan Redden might never walk free again, which is exactly what Crystal and Lilly's family want.

"I'm enraged at the fact that our family has to worry about a chance that he may go free one day. Is the pain we are suffering through not enough," asked Mike.

The victims' family is pushing for what they're calling "Lilly's Law," which would make it a mandatory life sentence for anyone convicted of murdering children.


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