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  1. #16
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    This is such a horrible tragedy. It breaks my heart to know that such a vibrant young person was taken from us far too soon and in such a violent way. Random crimes like this are rare in Boise. Right now they are reporting that the suspect was renting from Sierra/Simon's father and this how he was known to the suspect. Such a bright young child.

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    Long article about Marchant's crime-filled life. A troubled and dangerous man, he already spent much of his life in prison for arson and robbery. In 2000, while in prison he told a corrections officer that he killed his cell mate. He was never charged for it though. He was released in 2008.

    In his last (known) crime before the murder, in 2014 he assaulted two women. Unfortunately, charges were dropped.

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/l...120737123.html

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    Suspect in BSU student’s killing to remain in New York for another month - February 3rd

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/l...130615774.html

    Bruce A. Marchant appeared Friday in a New York City court, but he wasn’t given clearance to be returned to Idaho just yet.

    A needed warrant signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, releasing Marchant to the custody of Ada County authorities, had not been filed before the hearing. So the matter was continued until March 8, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.

    Marchant, 61, is accused of killing Boise State University student Sierra Bush, 18, last fall and dumping her naked body in a creek near Idaho City, about 30 miles from Boise.

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    New hearing set in NY in effort to extradite suspect in Idaho murder of Sierra Bush

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/l...135693258.html

    Bruce Marchant, and Ada County prosecutors, are expected to learn later this month whether Marchant will be extradited to Idaho on charges he kidnapped, murdered and raped 18-year-old Boise State University student Sierra Bush.

    A hearing is set for March 24 to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish him as the subject of the warrant, Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennets said in a news release Wednesday morning. Documents signed by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would release Marchant to the custody of Ada County authorities.

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    Boise man accused of killing Sierra Bush ordered back to Idaho

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/l...140606968.html

    A New York City judge Friday cleared the way for Bruce Marchant to be brought back to Boise to be tried for the rape, murder and kidnapping of Boise State University student Sierra Bush.

    Marchant appeared before Supreme Court Judge Larry Stephen, who denied a writ of habeas corpus filed by Marchant, challenging his detention. In New York, a Supreme Court judge is equivalent to a Circuit Court judge in Idaho.

    Stephen signed papers ordering Marchant’s extradition and asking Idaho authorities to pick up the defendant on April 6, according to the the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

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    http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/march...ping/450957041

    An Ada County grand jury has indicted 61-year-old Bruce Marchant on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape in connection with the death and disappearance of 18-year-old Sierra Bush.

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    Trial set for accused killer of Boise State student

    http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/trial...ller/453389219

    A man accused of kidnapping, raping and asphyxiating an 18-year-old freshman at Boise State will face trial in November.

    Bruce Marchant, 61, stood silent in court Friday afternoon, prompting Judge Melissa Moody to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf.

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    Marchant pleads guilty to Sierra Bush murder

    A man accused of killing a Boise State University student entered a guilty plea on a charge of first-degree murder Tuesday morning in an Ada County courtroom. Bruce Marchant, 62, was originally charged with rape, murder and kidnapping.

    Marchant reached a plea agreement with the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office in which prosecutors agreed to drop the rape and kidnapping charges in turn for him pleading guilty to murder.
    http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/l...171307582.html

    Judge Jonathan Medema, who initially seemed concerned about the validity of the plea, asked Marchant why he chose to plead guilty. Marchant offered two explanations. First, he said, if the case had gone to trial, “you have no choice but to give the maximum penalty.” (Medema disputed that, telling Marchant that if the state pursued the death penalty, it would be up to a jury to decide.)

    After conferring with his attorney, David Smethers, Marchant added, “I want to plead guilty because that’s what happened.”

    He said he didn’t want to slow the court down or “cause the family any more grief than what I’ve caused already.”
    His sentencing is currently scheduled for December 6th.

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    Killer in Boise State student’s death sentenced to life in prison without parole

    Bruce Marchant has led an extremely violent life.

    The 62-year-old will spend the rest of it in prison after he repaid one man’s kindness with pure evil — and robbed Boise of one of its bright young stars, 18-year-old Sierra Bush.

    “In my view, Mr. Marchant is a dangerous person,” Fourth District Judge Jonathan Medema said in sentencing Marchant for first-degree murder. “Mr. Marchant has been dangerous for a long time … and will continue to be dangerous until the day he dies.”

    “Mr. Marchant can conform his behavior to get what he wants, when he wants it,” Medema said. He said he did not believe Marchant has experienced anything close to actual remorse for killing Bush.

    “It would be a dereliction of my duty to fashion a sentence that ever permits you to be released into society again,” Medema said.
    http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/life-...erer/497398440

    Bush's mother Mary Helen Green said after her daughter's disappearance, she had held out hope that Bush was simply being held captive somewhere. Each time she received a phone call from detectives or heard the sound of a helicopter or siren, her heart lifted with the thought that her daughter was being returned to her.

    Green described her grief as a "boulder" she carried with her everywhere.

    "I loved this child," she said, as she began to cry. "Being her mother was one of the best things I have ever done."
    Bart Green said Marchant had robbed his stepdaughter of the chance to graduate college, find a career, fall in love, or realize the potential that had been waiting for her in adulthood. He told the judge he was "haunted" by thoughts of Bush's terrified final moments.

    "I will forever have to contemplate what brutality Mr. Marchant inflicted on Sierra prior to killing her, and the absolute fear, terror, and pain she must have experienced," he said.

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