Family Seeks Justice for Murdered Son of Lehman Brightman, Lakota Gall Brightman

Army veteran Lakota Gall Brightman was murdered in July 2015.

Army veteran Lakota Gall Brightman was murdered in July 2015.

Published July 28, 2016

MARTINEZ, CALIFORNIA — The family of Lakotah Gall Brightman is asking a district judge in Martinez, California to sentence his murderer, Mark Nelson, 51, to life in prison. Lakotah Gall Brightman was the son of Lehman and Trudy Brightman.

Lehman Brightman (Sioux), a retired college professor, is a well-known figure in American Indian history during the the past 50 years. He was an American Indian Movement leader. He served as an American Indian leader at Alcatraz Island and the Longest Walk in 1978.

He was murdered outside a food market in Richmond, California on July 3, 2015. He was stabbed by Nelson and went inside the market to seek assistance. He collasped on the floor of the food market and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Nelson was found guilty of first-degree murder in May 2016 and will be sentenced on Friday, July 29, 2016.

Lakota Gall Brightman served six years in the California Army National Guard, 235th Engineer Company (Sapper) as an Army Field Medic from August 11, 2007 to his date of separation on August 10th, 2013. He was ordered into active service in 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.

“(Veterans) come back, and some don’t have any money to have an apartment or food,” his brother, Quanah Brightman told a local California newspaper earlier this week. “You figure the people who make the biggest sacrifice for our country would be treated better, would be treated at least as human beings.”

Tomorrow, Lakota Gall Brightman’s family will ask Judge Laurel Brady to impose a life’s sentence on Nelson.



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