QUEENSBURY — The Glens Falls man who killed a mother and young child last summer affirmed his guilty plea to murder charges Friday when he was brought into Warren County Court after raising questions about his plea deal.
Bryan M. Redden wrote letters to Warren County Judge John Hall and county District Attorney Jason Carusone after his Jan. 11 guilty pleas to the knifepoint killings of Crystal L. Riley, 33, and her 4-year-old daughter, Lilly Frasier, in their Glens Falls home.
He agreed to a plea deal in which Hall guaranteed he would receive up to 44-years-to-life in state prison, but would be allowed to withdraw his guilty pleas if the judge decided a greater sentence was warranted.
Redden then penned letters to the court and prosecutor in which he indicated he wanted a lesser sentence, and added “I did not fully understand” the proposed plea agreement.
“I want to make sure you understand what we did, what you’re rights are and you are comfortable with what we did,” Hall told him Friday.
Hall then explained the possible prison terms for the charges he faced, the law regarding sentencing and what he anticipated would occur at Redden’s upcoming sentencing hearing.
Redden told Hall that he had no concerns or reservations about his pleas, and he did not indicate any dissatisfaction with the sentence. He said he was satisfied with the work of his lawyer, Martin McGuinness.
“Do you wish to withdraw your plea?” Hall asked him.
“No,” Redden replied.
Redden was not required to waive his right to appeal the convictions as part of the agreement. The deal was reached with Hall and required Redden to plead guilty to all charges, as Carusone’s office had not offered any reductions or plea deals.
Redden, 21, could have faced up to life without parole for first-degree murder.
He is being held in Warren County Jail pending sentencing March 8.
After he wrote the letters to court and prosecutor, Redden consented to a jailhouse interview with The Post-Star in which he said he did not remember the killings or know why he went to Riley’s apartment, as he was on a days-long drug bender. He is a native of West Virginia who came to the area in 2016 while working with a carnival rides company.
“I just want the family to know how sorry I am,” he said. “I would give my life 10 times over to give them both back.”
Redden told police he had been romantically involved with Riley, though her family was not aware of him being part of her life.
He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and lesser charges for the theft of Riley’s vehicle and belongings after the homicides.