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Pierre Lake sentenced for murder, attempted murder

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 2:40 p.m. 19-year-old Pierre Lake was sentenced Monday for the murder of Ralph Brian and attempted murder of Karen Brian.

Lake was sentenced to 30 years determinate followed by an indeterminate life sentence for the first count. For the second count, he was sentenced to a fixed term of 30 years. Both counts will be served concurrently.

Lake is getting credit for time served which is 860 days.

A $5,000 dollar fine was also imposed.

ORIGINAL: 19-year-old Pierre Lake will be in court on Monday to receive his sentence.

Lake pleaded guilty to breaking into the mobile home of Ralph and Karen Brian on Sept. 20, 2021, where he entered their home and shot Ralph Brian with a gun in the back of his head. He also stabbed Karen Brian in the face and the arm.

The Brians were rushed to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where Karen would recover from her injuries, and Ralph would die from his three weeks after the incident occurred.

Lake and the prosecution reached a plea agreement in October 2023. Lake plead guilty to the first degree murder of Ralph Brian and the attempted murder of Karen Brian. As part of the agreement, charges of burglary and grand theft were dropped.

Lake now faces 30 years to life in prison for the incident.

Find our past coverage here and here.

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