- Posted March 30, 2014 by
Ryan Wyngarden was convicted of killing Rick and Gail Brink in 1987
Lee Fisher was the lead prosecutor of a 27-year old double murder cold case that took place in Holland, MI back in 1987. On March 28, 2014, Lee Fisher and his team at the Ottawa County Sheriff's office were able to bring justice and closure to the families involved! This story has received a lot of attention from the Holland community over the years, especially during the last month with the trial going on.
Information below was taken/adapted from Jim Hayden's article that was published on Holland Sentinel's website on March 29, 2014. The link to Jim Hayden's full article is included below, as well as other links to articles/videos that cover the story.
Due to incriminating testimony given by the defendant's wife of 25 years, Pam Wyngarden, Ryan Wyngarden was convicted on March 28, 2014 of killing his sister and her husband in 1987. This 27- year old cold case divided families and provoked heated courtroom outbursts during the 12-day trial in Ottawa County Circuit Court in Grand Haven, MI. Wyngarden, 51, of Zeeland, was charged with two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the deaths of his sister Gail and her husband, Rick Brink, on Nov. 21, 1987. After sentencing at 11:30 a.m. April 21, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. The prosecution, led by Prosecutor Attorney Lee Fisher, said Wyngarden killed the couple because he was jealous of the newlyweds and their success and didn’t want his sister to tell Rick, 28, about Wyngarden’s sexual molestation of Gail, 22, when they were younger.
Read more from Jim Hayden's Holland Sentinel article:
Video of verdict from Fox 17 news:
Solving the Case: