Judge During Wyngarden Sentencing: ‘Do I Need To Bind You And Gag You’

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — After ranting for nearly an hour during his sentencing, Ryan Wyngarden was told by the judge, that he would be bound and gagged by deputies if necessary.

Wyngarden was sentenced in a Ottawa County courtroom to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the double murder of his sister and brother-in-law Gail and Rick Brink, a newlywed couple killed at their Park Township home back in 1987.

Wyngarden claims his conviction came from a theory that was passed down by the detectives who broke the case. While yelling during his final statements, Wyngarden said the detectives coerced his wife Pam Wyngarden into giving them a false story, one that involves his admission to her that he killed the couple just one day after the crimes were committed.

“They mentally raped my wife and put her in a position to make her feel like she had to choose between telling a lie against me or going to prison,” Wyngarden said.

He then went on to mock the detectives by saying, “Blakely (detective) said to her, ‘Yup, Pam we’re gonna solve this murder by the time that we retire…16 months.”

Then, Wyngarden lashed out at the detectives once more.

“What you did was wrong to my family…it’s wrong what you did to me,” Wyngarden said.

He then wept before the court while saying a prayer.

“I didn’t do this,” he prayed. “We did all we can. I just told the truth. You do what you can do…I didn’t kill my sister and you know it.”

Several other prayers followed in addition to Wyngarden reading scriptures from the bible.

Then, just as it appeared Wyngarden was finished with his statements, came another outburst. This time, Wyngarden went on to call the judge a liar as he was reading Wyngarden’s sentence.

“Do I need to bind you and gag you, sir…because we’ll have the deputies go out and duct tape you if it’s necessary, but you’re going to listen,” Judge Jon Hulsing said. “This was a brutal homicide, you are a brutal cold-blooded murderer…there is only one sentence that is appropriate for a cold-blooded murderer who kills two people. Michigan law mandates that you receive a maximum penalty and that is, it is the sentence of this court that you spend the rest of your life in prison on two counts.”

It’s a sentence that Rick Brink’s brother asked the judge to hand down. Prior to Wyngarden speaking out, Budd Brink gave his statement to the court, where he talked about the day he attended his brother’s funeral.

“Father North began the funeral like I’ve never heard a funeral start before and will never again,” Brink said. “He said and I quote, ‘This is not the work of the Lord, this is the work of the Devil. To that end, Ryan will be judged divinely. The holidays, the special times we only shared with family have been wiped away by Ryan, his anger and his jealousy.”

Pam Wyngarden testified during the trial that her husband admitted to killing the couple because he was jealous and also because he didn’t want Rick Brink to find out about the sexual relationship he had with his sister when they were younger.



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    • juror

      The word of his wife was considered but not used as evidence by the jury. More than 60 witnesses took the stand. There were more than 100 pieces of evidence presented in court. There was 3 weeks of material to process. The testimony provided by Ryan himself is what the jury used to return the guilty verdict. I know. I was in the jury room.

      • Breck Wyngarden

        Then if so much evidence was considered. The jury should have been asking for more information on behalf of the brothers that were not submitted into court documents. That were told to the Detectives. Our statements never hit the court room. And where are the bullets that were taken from Gail and Ricks heads. That the ballistics didn’t match @ all. No that evidence never hit the court room or the news. The Police told our family that the Bullets did not match ballistics.

      • Breck Wyngarden

        How stupid was it for you 13 jurors to see that Pam was changing her statement. Like 7 times Pam. Yes I’m the one that hollared out and called my sister in law Pam and my sister Cheryl a liar in the Court Room. Pam had been threatened by the Detectives in the interrogation room. That if she doesn’t change her mind and to change her statement. That she was looking at. Time behind bars for not being able to get the Detectives story. To be successful in the Court Room case against my brother Ryan Wyngarden. The detectives were trying to convict both of my parents and 2 brothers in convicting 1 of them. Gail had been threatened by the mailbox by 3 people. I was told that by my sister Gail. Shortly after my son Tyler was born. I can prove it also that Pam was never in the house. Just by asking her certain questions. About what she made a big oops in her part. I’m not going to say how on here. Because it will be a big surprise question. To her and the Detectives.so just believe what you want to. Because I personally know she can’t answer the question correctly. And some other questions also. So have a great time trying to convince everyone. That my brother Ryan Wyngarden was truthfully convicted. There’s no support board the Detectives That withheld evidence from the court room. And that they were going to have a way of washing the way That they chose to get Pam to change her statement

    • David Wyngarden

      They based it on Pam’s word, even though she and Ryan both passed lie detector tests back in 1987 or 1988…Judge Hulsing mentioned the duct tape thing, just after a different Judge said that somewhere else…Hulsing just wanted to be noticed with a spotlight…the blonde hair from the crime scene, and the slugs, that were in property disappeared while in possession of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department

  • victoria

    Isn't it convenient the reason to murder was a theory that no one could contradict? I mean the murdered couple. This whole thing is ridiculous! I liked the "bound & gagged" part

  • shiloh's mom

    "Parole" and "liar" are both spelled wrong. Is correct spelling no longer necessary to receive a journalism degree today? I see words misspelled time and time again in so-called "professional" newspapers and websites and it is nothing short of embarrassing. There is too much dependence on "spell-check" and nobody proofreads anymore. It is just plain laziness. I learned all about spelling and proofreading in my high-school secretarial classes. Now today's young college graduates can't even spell correctly in a public article? The cost of a college education is out of this world, and what we get in return is apparently dumbed down and lazy graduates. It's a ridiculous sham.

    • Jackie

      I agree with you 100%! I had mentioned this in a comment on another post, and I received a lot of negative feedback. I just do not understand what is so hard about making sure an article is ready to be posted without mistakes.

    • shiloh's mom

      Too bad you are not able to communicate without using crude and nasty language. By the way, you too have misspelled, used poor grammar and incorrect punctuation – HA HA!

      • Jackie

        Looks like Kalvinny is having a bad day….lol… It was said by Spencer W. Kimball that "Profanity is the attempt of a Lazy and Feeble mind to express itself Forcefully." I have found this to be true especially in the comment that Kalvinny has made.

  • Caleb W

    I believe he got what he deserved, My Dad is way to controlling. So I do believe that he should rot the rest of his life in prison. This coming from a close person in his life

    • David Wyngarden

      Caleb, Pam lied, so look at the interrogation videos…That lying bitch sister of mine Cheryl started all this, after Ryan hired an attorney, to have her removed from power of attorney over my mom (your grandma)…Cheryl wanted conservatorship over my mom…you refuse to think that the detectives threatened Pam with incarceration, because she’s a very timid person, and doesn’t handle quarrels well, so she went along with what the detectives wanted out of her

    • Breck Wyngarden

      You spoiled rotten Brat Wait till your Dad gets out you’ve got an awful lot of explaining to do. On why you won’t listen to your Elders. You were not even born yet. So your going to listen to a bunch of lies.

    • Caleb

      Blah blah, do you two have nothing better to do than read this stuff after 18 months? If you would open your eyes and really look at everything that has been said and show in court you would know by now he is guilty on all accounts. You two have alot of growing up to do.
      Btw Breck, I will not have to explain myself to anyone. He is my Dad, what I chose to believe is my choice not my moms or anyone else’s. Grow up and leave this in the past, as he will never see the outside of a prison wall again.

      You two have a very wonderful Merry Christmas.

      • Breck Wyngarden

        I’ve got a 4 page statement And. You’ll be shocked to see the truth that was withheld from court. Gail was threatened months before. Shortly after Tyler was born. Do the math. Your just speaking out of hate. For all the times you should have had your butt tanned and you never got it. Keep your well wishes to yourself. Because their not welcomed. I seen the look on your face of the way That you were towards your own Father.

      • Breck Wyngarden

        Also can you tell me what the weather conditions were that night. No you can’t because you were not even born yet. So try listening to the family. You’ll have a rude awakening. On the what was left out of court. And that your own Father is not guilty. Of all charges. And your mother was to scared to get the truth about what really happened. That night out. Also that she’s never been in the house. I can prove it also. And she knows it. Try listening to your Elders. They know more about it. Than you will ever know. Except for who truly killed my sister Gail and her husband Rick Brink
        There was 2 guns that were used
        And that was withheld from the court room. And that was what the police told us years ago.

      • David Wyngarden

        That stupid made up story, about carrying Nathan in a car seat in the cold from the corner, but never stated what corner of Ransom, and walking to the house supposedly is ludicrous…Pam’s story changed several times on the stand also…sounds like contempt of court, and lying under oath…any smart person could see that as lying…I have my brother Ryan’s back, because I know that he’s innocent, it’s just the detectives wanted to say case closed, and then both retired just after falsely accusing, charging, and convicting an innocent person…Detective David Blakely told me, that he has put numerous people in prison…Look at the facts first Caleb…missing slugs and a blonde hair from the property, that was in possession by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department