By Donna Westfall – June 26, 2017 –  Bryan Ranger was found guilty on all counts.  Each juror was polled and claimed these were their true verdicts. Sentencing is scheduled for October 18th.

I accompanied a devastated Judy Ranger to visit with Bryan at the jail.  While Judy was crying and calling out in anger and bitterness about all the evidence that was not brought out at trial, and about witnesses not being adequately prepped, Bryan comforted her by calmly quoting the Bible to Judy, ““Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

My philosophy is that we’re only human and a little bitterness is a normal and natural reaction.  But Ephesians 4:31 is explained this way. There’s only one way to deal with bitterness—get rid of it like you get rid of smelly garbage. Retaining bitterness has the same effect as smelly garbage to a home, it infiltrates every area of your life. As with garbage, you may become so accustomed to the smell that you may not even know it exists. However, anyone who visits will know it. Confess and repent of the bitterness in your heart so that the Lord can bring you to a better place of knowing Him.

Bryan will be working on a motion for a new trial.




  1. sue cyr Reply

    February 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    i didn’t believe it at first because of the lies CPS told about me.
    but after 5 years the older children have not changed their plea to get relief from their father

  2. sue cyr Reply

    February 18, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    the truth of the matter is people molest behind closed doors with threats of death if they tell,
    who wants to admit having sex with your own father,
    these kids could have lied about other abuse to not have to admit having sex with their dad,
    i talked to one of the older girls in January 2018 and she said that although mercy was crazy lying about some things the abuse did happen and she said she will never feel safe if her dad is out. I’m sorry that her mother didn’t believe her .

  3. Suzy Cyr Reply

    July 9, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    They were coerced and bribed with money and horses and to inherit their adopted parents estate,
    These kids were over joyed with Kool Aid. They were not given cheap junk food.
    Amish lifestyle, easy to bribe.
    With all the lies who can tell the truth

  4. cindy hemm Reply

    July 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    you all have been drinking the koolaid again! Ranger was not only guilty of what he was charged with, but many more. he terrorized his family for years, and his wife was not only a victim but became complicit in his abuse of his children. Connie Morrison, for one who claims to have PTSD, you sure know little about it!! the boy only recanted his testimony when he became convinced his parents could sue the county and state for millions of dollars and go live on a mountain somewhere. who bribed him with that? not his sisters! For the love of God, leave these kids alone to heal!! No one coerced them to testify against their father, the facts slowly emerged as they became less afraid of him being released and coming after them. Get off the damn radio, stop writing the asinine articles and go find yourself another cause. This one is over!

  5. Suzy Cyr Reply

    July 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    R Kelly was acquitted of charges of sex with minors and they had video tape evidence
    Lots of videos
    Lots of minors
    Urinating in one’s mouth,

    “According to affidavits from one of Kelly’s alleged victims, the performer began his sexual relationship with her when she was “14 or 15,” as DeRogatis remembers. “It lasted about one and a half to two years, and then he dumped her and she slit her wrists, tried to kill herself”

    Sounds familiar

  6. Lisa Reply

    July 2, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Did not Mr. Ranger work for DHHS as a caseworker for a few years? While I do not hold an employer accountable, my question is why all those social workers and other staff at DHHS did not see what Mr. Ranger is? Did he hide it that well or was everyone around him at DHHS that thick skulled?

    • Bob L Reply

      July 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Great question! It seems all the experts at DHHS had zero idea.!!! Maybe it’s time for new experts.

  7. Suzy Cyr Reply

    July 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I don’t see how justice is served by considering a life sentence for Bryan Ranger.
    Why even sexual abuse and rapists with evidence only get 12 years. The only real
    evidence on Mercy Ranger’s body was the bruise to her arm. None of the kids ever
    attempted suicide while living in the Ranger household.

    The man in 2008, who stabbed that girl out in the forest only got 11 years and
    he took the knife with him to use in the forest on her. I would feel better if that man got a
    that life sentence.There was evidence on the Miller murder case. There is no doubt he did in
    fact stab her many times and burned her car and threw her off a bridge

    In the Ranger case, the only traumatic injury are those by the lying Ranger teens in this case; and
    at the hands of the alcoholic/drug abusive man who lived in the room above the garage.
    No sane parent would want their virgin daughter sneaking up to his room.

    Sending Mr. Ranger to prison is a death sentence.
    That death sentence belongs to Mr. Miller for stabbing Sandy Coble’s 23 year old daughter.
    A girl who was working two jobs while going to college, I think letting him out of prison is an
    threat to all daughters and a great disrespect to the traumatized residents of Del Norte and Curry County.

    • Nicholas Maietta Reply

      July 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm


      The answer is because sex crime convictions look wonderful on a DA’s resume. Even murderers don’t get treated the same.

      Josiah Marlon Miller

      – Miller was awarded 828 days credit for time served
      – Miller was admitted to San Quentin State Prison on 12/29/2010 and is currently housed in FOLSOM with an CDCR Inmate ID #AF7478.
      – 11 Years is 4,015 days. As of this writing, he’s served in prison 2,381 of those days. If you factor in his time served of 828 days, he has 1,553 days left. Our prison system requires for violent criminals “good time” credits be awarded at 85% value rather than the typical 50% credits. Meaning, of the 4,015 days he’s required to do, he’s eligible at around day 3,412. Being that he’s got 1,553 days left of the 4,015 days total, he’s sitting at 2,462 days virtually accumulated. He needs to complete another 950 of these “good time” credit days. In other words, he will be out in about 2 Years and 7 Months from today’s date. The exact date to mark in your calendar is:
      February 10, 2020.

      While this is not the official method for calculating an EPRD (Expected Parole Release Date), it has been spot on accurate every time i’ve done for others.

      Miller was sentenced to 11 years in prison after entering a negotiated plea of no contest to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter in exchange for dismissal of an arson charge and weapon enhancement.

      This means: He won’t have to register as an arsonist under penal code 451 or 452.

      Because the DA allowed him to negotiate down to voluntary manslaughter, he can be eligible later on to have his conviction removed from his record.

      He does not have to register nor does he have to keep his conviction.

      Your DA’s office doesn’t care about public safety. Your DA cares only about going after those scary sex offenders.

      Did the DA not think they have a case on Miller? I guess they didn’t try hard enough. They convicted Brian Ranger on very circumstantial evidence with not a single shred of physical evidence. To me, this means I know exactly where their priorities lie. Murder is much better being accused of a sex crime. The actions of the DA’s office for the last 20-30 years has spoke far louder than the words.

      Enjoy Del Norte County. I got back out and now living in the Santa Cruz Mountains where the people are still sane.

      • Nicholas Maietta Reply

        December 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

        An update!

        Josiah Miller no longer showing in CDCR’s inmate database, which means he’s likely now out.

        Inmate number #AF7478 is no longer there.

  8. Wesley Nunn Reply

    June 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I think the question here is whether Brian Ranger got a fair trial. Linda Sutter appears to believe anyone advocating a fair trial for Mr. Ranger is “misleading”. On the flip side, there is clear indication that crucial evidence was suppressed, NOT by any fault of the jurors. The evidence withheld shows that no allegations would be alleged or charged against Mr. Ranger if he simply gave up his parental rights. The evidence withheld at trial shows Mr. Ranger stood by his scruples, refused to be blackmailed into giving up his parental rights, and was then turned in and charged. But only after he refused the threat. As I’ve said repeatedly, this is a case of illegal blackmail which serves to protect Mr. Nash from being prosecuted.

    After the O.J. Simpson trial, some jurors admitted they would have seen things differently if all the evidence had been presented at trial. The concept of misleading a jury by restricting relevant evidence is nothing new.

  9. It is hard to lie when your reputation precedes you Reply

    June 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Is it possible Mercy is a liar. Her brother said she lied. Pretty cold young woman to be able to lie her father’s freedom away. The talk where I work among those that went to school with Mercy is she is a drama queen and they would not believe a word she says.

  10. No Justice, Just B.S. Reply

    June 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Another incongruity, How is it the mother of a sex predator, Sasha Upton, has been paid to care for a child, that was sleeping with her 40+ year old son, the only real alleged sex offender in this case. And why isn’t that alleged sex offender, Marcus Nash behind bars, to protect the children of this community?
    Mercy, 40+year old Nash and his mama are free as birds in Grants Pass and other cities in Oregon. Do the officials and parents of Grants Pass know there is an alleged sexual predator in town? What has come of the allegations of attempted rape by at least one woman against Nash to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Dept?

  11. Chip Reply

    June 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    This guy is going to be re-enacting Ezekiel 23:20 while he’s in prison, for sure!

  12. connie Morrison Reply

    June 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Linda, This county comes in dead last of the 58 California counties, year after year in academics.
    You betcha! I always ask why anyone from this county comes to their conclusions.

    Between the corruption and ignorance especially in the Sheriff’s Dept. (David Egan arrested and never charged with a crime), DA’s office (the only county in Calif. or is it the U.S. (?) that had a D.A. disbarred while in office), It is monumental incidences like those stated above, that I think deserve a little more scrutiny when it comes to picking a jury in Del Norte County. Especially if one of the counts is life imprisonment. I consider the academic achievements of 12 residents, from Del Norte County to be important, especially if somebody’s freedom for the rest of their life is at stake.

    I hate to ask, but I think it is necessary, what is the highest grade level each of the 12 jurors accomplished, hopefully with a diploma?
    Is it a “jury of your peers” when there is a phenomenal gap in education? Just asking? Or do you not consider education or IQ pertinent, Linda?
    What if it was your freedom, for a lifetime, they were deciding, Linda? Would you be satisfied with the representation Mr. Ranger had for his defense?

    Linda, you said “Justice was greatly served today. The District Attorney office, along with the Attorney General Ms. Blair and her co-partner, and all law enforcement did a fantastic job on this case”. Linda, who did Mr Ranger have representing him?

    Do you see any inequity between the prosecutions numerous departments and even more staff and the defenses one (was he retired?) attorney?
    How can there be any equity in those representations? The numbers alone scream bias.

    Do you know certain witnesses have complained that they were not called to present their evidence that would have presented Mr. Ranger as a concerned father (of a daughter fabricating a story to get her way). Is that Justice? This is not a game to see who can outsmart the other to win!
    Guilty and not guilty are not synonyms for win and lose.
    To me, this trial is very reminiscent of the trials blacks were facing in the South about 50 years ago.

    To me a trial is a fact finding mission to find justice:
    “a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people”
    synonyms: fairness, justness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, evenhandedness, impartiality, objectivity, neutrality, disinterestedness, honesty, righteousness, morals, morality
    Our sense of justice is totally different.
    I hope I am never arrested in this county or have you as a juror. This gives me the incentive to “get the hell out of dodge” before I get strung up for exercising my constitutional rights.

    • Linda Sutter Reply

      June 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      the beauty of America is that we are all entitled to our own opinion stands…and it won’t change…I respect that you have one but we must part ways on this conviction …the children were heard and the jurors protected…end of story..

  13. connie Morrison Reply

    June 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I had the privilege of listening to Ezra, Bryan’s son. He told me of the lies Mercy introduced and she promised he could come live with her, be rich and drink soda. He was so sorry he had lied about his dad.

    There is also the sexual predator, Marcus Nash, son of Mercy’s “Mother” Sasha Upton who is a friend or associate of Dr. Tod Roy. Dr. Tod Roy, the creepy looking psychologist, I would be curious to see his license, who stated in writing, and I read, provided the MMPI answers on Judy Rangers test, and then interpreted the test to infer she is not capable of raising her children. What a crock!

    So the payola starts: $800.00 plus per kid/ per month plus more for special needs. I’m sure the $4,000+/month was an incentive for that leach, White, who was suppose to be church friends of the Rangers. Then there is Debbie, Ezra’s adoptive mama, who just got out of drug rehab for crack. Ezra took pictures of the drug paraphenalia, Debbie found it on his camera and destroyed his camera. This drug pusher and user was paid to adopt Ezra.

    The incident of Marcus Nash, Mercy’s sexual predator, attempting to blackmail Bryan & Judy Ranger to give Nash’s mother, Sasha Upton, guardianship over Mercy did not come out.
    As you see Linda, there are more than a few issues that need to be examined before you can wipe the slate clean and call it justice.

    Corruption continues to be alive and well in Del Norte County

  14. An Innocent Bystander Reply

    June 26, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I guess its not, as you describe it, a “sex abuse” case anymore but a SEX ABUSE CONVICTION. Your biased “reporting” was embarrassing.

    Mr. Ranger is a predator and a pedophile – by virtue of these convictions.

    Mr. Ranger put off his trial as long as possible while you claimed he was somehow denied justice. Mr. Ranger only had to withdraw his time waiver and the constitution guaranteed him a trial within 60 days. I guess Mr. Ranger preferred languishing in County Jail rather than demanding his day in court for 3 years – always a sign of an “innocent person” (eye roll).

    Good Riddance Mr. Ranger!

  15. connie Morrison Reply

    June 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    OUTRAGEOUS! The jurors should have to state the evidence that led to their BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT conclusion that made them 100% sure of Bryans guilt.

    • Linda Sutter Reply

      June 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Connie unfortunately you were mislead by donna, judy ranger, and wes nunn. Why would you hold the jurors accountable for their guilty verdict? This guy wanted to hold everyone else accountable but himself. a true narcissus. He is going away for the remainder of his years…

    • Local Commenter Reply

      June 30, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Connie, your statement is contradictory and shows a lack of understanding about our justice system. Jurors do not have to be “100% sure.” They have to be sure beyond a reasonable doubt. What that means is up to each individual juror and their conscience.

  16. JUSTICE Reply

    June 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    So 12 people found him guilty? But you couldn’t see that?

  17. Linda Sutter Reply

    June 26, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Ranger’s sentencing will be held on October 18, 2017 at 0900 a.m. he plans to file an IAC MARSDEN MOTION at that time. One of his counts is a life sentence. Justice was greatly served today. The District Attorney office, along with the Attorney General Ms. Blair and her co-partner, and all law enforcement did a fantastic job on this case.

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