West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Bryan Tiedeman sentenced

Another repeat-offender sentencing to report tonight: After several delays, 43-year-old Bryan Tiedeman has been sentenced in two cases involving stolen cars and drugs. The first time we reported on him, in December of last year, he and an accomplice had been charged in connection with four stolen cars, including the one they crashed on Highland Park Way, leading to their arrest. Tiedeman got out of jail in February, and was arrested again less than three months later in connection with a car stolen from SeaTac and found near his Fauntleroy home. After 17 days in jail in May, he was allowed into a work-release program. Then in June, after missing a hearing related to the 2013 case, he was arrested on warrants in Morgan Junction, at which time a reader sent us this photo:

He’s been in jail since then. In July, he pleaded guilty to charges in both cases, including three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, taking a motor vehicle without permission, methamphetamine possession, identity theft, unlawful gun possession. On Monday, King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle sentenced him on both sets of charges, with a variety of concurrent sentences that boil down to 51 months in prison – four years and three months, plus restitution to be determined later. At the time of his arrest last year, court documents said Tiedeman had been booked into the King County Jail 34 times in 20 years.

16 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Bryan Tiedeman sentenced"

  • JanS October 21, 2014 (9:38 pm)

    sounds like he needs to rethink his career choice. He’s not very successful at this one…34 times in 20 years? wow…

  • methcooksbrains October 21, 2014 (10:21 pm)

    Perhaps he could rethink it if he had any brain cells remaining which have not been cooked by the meth.

    Crime is not a career. Let’s not glamorize the stupid excuse of a life we are seeing being pissed away here.

    If his family is lucky, some jail time might allow an opportunity for any remaining few healthy synapses to actually fire before they can be destroyed with drugs. Maybe it would offset the damage he has brought upon himself and his family and community. But after this many years, cynics would say it will never happen.

    it is all to often about the damn drugs.
    dumb. dumber. dumbest.

  • OP October 21, 2014 (10:35 pm)

    34 arrests. 20 years. 51 months. What’s wrong with this picture.

  • ScubaFrog October 21, 2014 (11:28 pm)

    If he were black – Satterberg (the known conservative republican) would have sought the 3-strike law against Tiedeman.
    Make no mistake about it: America’s “justice system” is irrepairably broken. Who gets 3-strike sentences, as a rule? Who’s getting the death penalty, as a rule? If you’re not answering these questions honestly, you need to do your statistical research regarding the tremendous charging/sentencing disparity in this country between different racial groups.

  • some real October 22, 2014 (4:12 am)

    Internal Affairs have accepted our formal complaint opening a investigation based on the unnecessary violent force breaking bryans face in three different places after surrendering.

  • sillygoose October 22, 2014 (5:04 am)

    Scuba Frog, race has nothing to do with it, if you want proof, walk the Morgan Junction and look at all the white trash repeat offenders they are in and out of jail and prison regularly!!! Like Tracy stated it is the crime not the color and unfortunatly the laws are no longer effective against today’s crimes!

  • Les October 22, 2014 (6:14 am)

    OP your 100% right he was sentenced to 43 months for a stolen car and only 8 months for a felon with a gun.
    “What is wrong with this picture” everything!
    Crime does pay for Tiedeman

  • CatholicSchoolSurvivor October 22, 2014 (8:47 am)

    I met Bryan in 2nd grade in Catholic School and graduated with him in 8th grade. He was having a rough time even way back then. It was the first time I had ever heard anyone tell a teacher in to “F***K Off” in the 5th grade and run out of the school. It’s unfortunate he never got help. Doesn’t excuse what he has done but it’s too bad he chose to go this direction.

  • wscommuter October 22, 2014 (9:18 am)

    scubafrog – your ignorance is truly remarkable. In WA, “3-strike” offenses are only serious violent felonies. This knucklehead hasn’t committed any of those yet. Blame the legislature if you can’t handle that.

    But more disturbing is your wildly irresponsible and offensive claims about Dan Satterberg. The most vile of what you say is the implied racism that you attribute to Mr. Satterberg.

    You want to talk about an imperfect criminal justice system and the racism that does still exist in varying degrees … I’ll hear that. Disagree with an elected official about policy or politics … good for you. But that’s not what you’re doing … you reveal that you’re a real ignoramus with your idiotic claims about Mr. Satterberg. This blog deserves better.

  • Shifty October 22, 2014 (10:02 am)

    I went to school and played soccer with Brian. This is just sad to see where he has ended up. We were pretty good friends 1st through 8th grade, spent a lot of time at his house as he did mine. I hope maybe he can find help with the time he will be spending in the greybar hotel.

  • Slow down October 22, 2014 (12:50 pm)

    Maybe being hit by a car at six on “I-35” while crossing in a crosswalk did more damage than just breaking bones. Just look at all the current research on how much just one concussion can do to a brain.

    That inattentive driver could’ve started a path for him that is hard to get off of without help.

  • kas October 22, 2014 (5:34 pm)

    The neighborhood sure has been quiet and peaceful since Tiedeman was locked up in June. Way to go all involved!

  • ScubaFrog October 22, 2014 (6:18 pm)


    Your assertions that there are no racial disparities in charging and sentencing, regarding the prosecution of crime in America (and right here in Seattle, with your own Dan Satterberg), are despicable. You call ME the ignoramus…


    Must be nice in your sheltered, white oasis.

    • WSB October 22, 2014 (6:35 pm)

      Scuba – My response was only that “three strikes” is very specifically spelled out and that Bryan Tiedeman does not qualify, based on his list of convictions. If you know of someone, whatever their ethnicity, who has been given a “three strikes” sentence but did not have three strikes as spelled out in the law, that would be news, and I would hope they have sued somebody. I am going into tonight’s transportation meeting but will google around for any such allegations later. – Tracy

  • Coolidge Chapman October 25, 2014 (4:14 pm)

    I do think Mr. Tiedeman shall ought to be go to hell because he went into wrong direction committed so many criminal offenses in many times which is too bad but I would like to see Bryan clean up himself very seriously right now while serving time in the slammer I would guarantee for him to do so by get a lot of help in prison I know doing meth is bad news. Meth is very dangerous drug get into is not worth it at all.

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