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Posted on: March 1, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Jury Finds Cheryl L. Sutton Guilty – Bret Snow Homicide Investigation

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Jury Finds Cheryl L. Sutton Guilty – Bret Snow Homicide Investigation


Today, March 1, 2019, a jury found 37-year-old Cheryl L. Sutton guilty of Murder 1st Degree and Leading Organized Crime as a result of the 2015 Bret Snow homicide investigation.  

Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detective Lyle Johnston (Ret.) led this homicide investigation which began as a missing person report of Bret Snow, who was last seen in Spokane Valley on December 3, 2015. 

In October of 2017, Detective Johnston requested charges for Sutton who was already being held in the Spokane County Jail due to a distribution of controlled substance investigation conducted by the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF).  Working with SRDTF investigators, Detective Johnston developed probable cause to charge Sutton with the murder of Bret Snow.

Sutton’s trial was held in Spokane County Superior Court with Superior Court Judge Raymond Clary presiding. The case was prosecuted by Spokane County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dale Nagy and Brian Case.

Sutton’s sentencing hearing is scheduled on March 29, 2019.

To date, Bret Snow’s remains have not been located.  As this investigation continues, we again are asking for the public’s help with any information regarding this incident or that may help detectives find the remains of Bret Snow.  

Three additional suspects charged in connection with the Bret Snow homicide investigation remain in the Spokane County Jail awaiting trial.

Alvaro Guajardo 

Colby D. Vodder 

Kenneth L. Stone 

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