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1983 Bravence murders update: No parole for Bryan; Mark’s trial pending

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There will be no parole for convicted murderer Bryan Lankford.

The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole released its decision last week to deny parole to Lankford, 59, following a hearing held Oct. 17. Lankford will not be eligible for parole until 2023.

Bryan and his brother, Mark Lankford, were convicted for the 1983 murders of Marine Capt. Robert and Cheryl Bravence at their campsite in the Sheep Creek area outside Grangeville.

On appeal, Bryan’s sentence was reduced to life in prison, and he is currently incarcerated in Idaho State Correctional Center in Boise.

For Mark, he is scheduled for a new trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the 1983 slayings. His 1984 conviction was vacated on appeal due to an error at his trial; and his case went to trial in 2008 when he was convicted on both counts. However, on appeal, that conviction was vacated in 2016 based on errors made by the prosecution.

Last scheduled to begin Dec. 3 in Canyon County, Mark’s trial has been postponed indefinitely, according to a Nov. 6 Lewiston Tribune report, due to his firing his attorneys over “ethical considerations.” A change of venue from Idaho County was ordered a year ago by Gaskill due to news coverage of the case that may prejudice the jury pool and violate Lankford’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial.


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