Mills County Man Sentenced In Federal Court For 2003 Crimes


Myron Lee Brandon

Myron Lee Brandon, 43, of Pacific Junction, was sentenced last Wednesday in Council Bluffs federal court to 405 months in prison for two counts of kidnapping and two counts of transportation of a minor.

His term of imprisonment will be followed by 10 years of supervised release. According to court documents, a jury found Brandon guilty of the charges on Oct.  6, 2021.

According to evidence presented at trial, on June 21, 2003, Brandon was in downtown Omaha and offered two girls, one 14and one 15 years old, a ride. Brandon drove them to a remote location near Pacific Junction. Brandon then brandished a knife, tied the two girls with a rope and sexually assaulted them. Brandon then burned the victims on their breasts with a cigarette. The girls escaped from Brandon when he retrieved a can of gasoline from the bed of the truck. The victims ran to Interstate 29 and were picked up by two individuals who assisted the girls.

The initial police investigation did not locate a suspect, but the victims’ sexual assault kits were stored in evidence. In 2015, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office implemented the Sexual Assault Initiative, a program that submitted unsolved sexual assault kits to a laboratory to identify any DNA evidence. Following DNA testing, Brandon was identified as a suspect in this matter.

This case was investigated by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, Council Bluffs Police Department, and Omaha Police Department, with assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.

 

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