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Nespelem Man Sentenced to Over 27 Years for Murder

By NCBI
Apr 22, 2011

A 24-year-old Nespelem man has been sentenced to 27 years and 3 months in prision for the murder of 46-year-old Lillian Jolene Lee on the Colville Reservation in 2006.

Michael Ormsby, US Attorney for Eastern Washington said, a jury found Ryan Seideman guilty of second degree murder for the March 20, 2006 killing. He was ordered to serve five years of court supervision after he is released from prison.

Lee's, whose body was found at her residence, was a victim of "sharp force homicidal violence," Ormsby said. Seideman was identified as the murderer through DNA evidence.

Ormsby said, "I hope the victim's family finds some solace in the resolution of this case. The defendant has now been held accountable for his senseless and violent acts. This office is committed to prosecuting major crimes on Indian reservations and ensuring that violent offenders are brought to justice."

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colville Tribal Police.


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