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Miesmer wants to withdraw guilty plea in the murder of Bruyere

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Branden Miesmer; Great Falls house where he killed Cody Bruyere Branden Miesmer; Great Falls house where he killed Cody Bruyere
Branden Miesmer made his initial court appearance in September 2015 in Helena. (MTN News photo) Branden Miesmer made his initial court appearance in September 2015 in Helena. (MTN News photo)
GREAT FALLS -

Branden Miesmer of Great Falls, who pleaded guilty to killing Cody Bruyere, now wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Miesmer admitted in March 2016 that he shot and killed Bruyere in September 2015. 

Miesmer then led law enforcement officers from several agencies on a three-day manhunt until he was arrested in Lewis & Clark County.

Miesmer sent a handwritten note, dated Monday, May 2nd, to District Judge John Kutzman asking that he be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and change his counsel.  

He also asked for a second opinion on a psychological evaluation.

Miesmer is scheduled to be sentenced on June 3rd.

Judge Kutzman has not yet made a decision on Miesmer's request.



(MARCH 25, 2016) Brandon Miesmer, charged with the shooting death of Cody Steve Bruyere in Great Falls in September 2015, pleaded guilty on Friday morning. Miesmer entered the plea to the charge of deliberate homicide in the courtroom of Judge John Kutzman.

Miesmer evaded capture for several days after the shooting. The search began after he allegedly shot and killed Bruyere in Great Falls and then fled to Helena.

Once in Helena, he reportedly stole a car, drove to an area near Hauser Dam, ditched the car, and then ran away.

Scores of law enforcement officers from several agencies spent nearly three days searching for Miesmer, going door-to-door, using helicopters and search dogs, and conducting roadblocks and vehicle checks.

The search involved agents from the FBI, Montana Highway Patrol, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, SWAT teams from Gallatin County, Flathead County, and Cascade County, and three helicopters. 

Cascade County Attorney John Parker says they were not expecting Miesmer to change his plea this morning; prosecutors were expecting him to fire his lawyers and proceed to trial. 

Bruyere's parents were in the courtroom for the hearing.

"Nothing will even bring Cody back but as we head into the Easter weekend, I am glad that there is going to be some measure of peace for Cody's family. It has been so devastating for them and now they know there will be accountability moving forward. I hope that is very helpful in their healing process," Parker said.

Sentencing for Miesmer is expected in about eight weeks, after a pre-sentence investigation is conducted

We will update you as we get more information.

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