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EDITORIAL: Don’t forget what Lankfords did, but remember the victims, too


Robert and Cheryl Bravence

The “rights” of killer brothers Bryan and Mark Lankford have been preserved since the 1983 murders, and subsequent 1984 convictions, of Texas couple Robert and Cheryl Bravence. Anyone who served on the jury in 1984 or the retrial in 2008 – and any taxpayer in general — should be offended the brother assassins should continue to appeal and cost the state money through their tactics to drag out the case and obtain publicity for themselves.

Mark Lankford, 61, has again been afforded another day in court due to a procedural error. In a July 3 opinion, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld the 2016 opinion to vacate Lankford’s 2008 retrial conviction.

Mark Lankford’s rights have been violated.


The Lankford brothers beat to death two innocent people. For the families of the Bravences, it probably doesn’t matter much who did the physical killing and who watched or covered it up or protected the other. That it happened nearly 35 years ago and the brothers have been in prison the majority of that time makes no difference: They must continue to face the consequences of their horrid actions.

What we, the public, cannot lose sight of are the victims. Robert and Cheryl were someone’s son, someone’s daughter … brother, sister, friend. They are more than the sum of what happened to them. Their families still grieve their tragic deaths and mourn them. Their faces are what we must keep in our minds; not just the face of Mark Lankford as he wastes more taxpayer time and money and is plastered in the media.

When you see the images of Mark and Bryan Lankford pasted in the newspaper or flash across your screen, remember them for their horrendous deeds. But also remember the faces of Robert and Cheryl who died violently and unexpectedly one summer night while they were simply camping. Their rights are the ones we should be fighting to preserve.


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