QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man accused of killing a local mother and her 4-year-old daughter over the summer came clean.
Bryan Redden, 22, pleaded guilty to the entire eight-count indictment against him. He stood in front of the judge and spoke candidly about what happened that day in August.
Despite his attorney’s wishes to explore the option of a psychiatric defense by pleading insanity, Redden not only admitted to what he did, but also to how he did it.
He explained that on August 11, 2017, he rode his bike from Queensbury to 33-year-old Crystal Riley’s house. The two of them are said to have been in an intimate but secretive relationship for a short period of time.
Redden told the judge he took a kitchen knife from her sink and slit her throat. He then proceeded to the living room and did the same to her 4-year-old daughter, Lilly Frasier.
Warren County Court Judge Hall: “Did you intend to cause the death of Crystal Lynn Riley?”
Hall: “Did you intend to cause the death of Lilly Frasier?”
Redden said he then stole Riley’s television, a DVD player, and a Nintendo Wii, got in her SUV, and took off. He tossed the murder weapon in a dumpster at the nearby Doheny’s gas station on Broad Street.
Lana Vangundy is a good friend of Redden’s and was in court for his plea. She said Redden was originally from West Virginia, was addicted to heroin, and was high at the time of the attack.
“They had an altercation; he doesn’t remember exactly what happened,” she said. “And then he said he snapped out of whatever, being high or whatever, I don’t know, but he said that he woke up and there were bodies in front of him.”
“Even though he didn’t know what he was doing as it was happening, he’s taking responsibility for what he did,” she continued. “He knows that if someone had done it to his family he would want justice for them, and that’s what he’s doing. He can’t bring them back, but he can do his time.”
Sentencing is scheduled for March 8. He’s facing 44 years to life in prison.