Lakota Gall Brightman’s Killer Gets 56 Years to Life in Prison

Army veteran Lakota Gall Brightman was murdered in July 2015.

Army veteran Lakota Gall Brightman was murdered in July 2015.

Published July 30, 2016

MARTINEZ, CALIFORNIA — Mark Anthony Nelson, 51, will in all probability die in prison for stabbing Lakota Gall Brightman in the back which resulted in Brightman’s death on July 3, 2015. On Friday, July 29, 2016, Superior Judge Laurel Brady sentenced Nelson to 56 years to life in prison.

Nelson was found guilty of first-degree murder in May 2016. He was caught on video stabbing Brightman in the back. After being stabbed outside a food market, Brightman entered the store and collapsed on the floor. He was later pronounced dead at hospital.

In court on Friday, the prosecutor said Nelson has shown absolutely no sign of remorse for murdering Brightman.

“I killed that (expletive) because he deserved it,” Nelson said in an outburst in court. The judge threatened to have him removed from the court if he continued disrupting the court proceedings.

The stabbing occurred after an argument in which Nelson accused Brightman of stealing his wallet. The accusation was never proven.

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.

Brightman is the son of prominent American Indian advocate Lehman Brightman (Sioux), who is a retired college professor. He was an American Indian Movement leader. He served as an American Indian leader at Alcatraz Island and the Longest Walk in 1978.




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