As support grows for Missoula man's release, judge cites mental health concerns

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The courtroom was filled on Thursday afternoon for a hearing for Brandon Bryant at the Missoula County Courthouse. District Court Judge Shane Vannatta was hesitant to reduce the $100,000 bail set for Bryant.

Brandon Bryant

Without a clearer insight into the mental health factors at play, a Missoula County District Court judge refused Thursday to reduce the $100,000 bail for the man accused of threatening the lives of City Council members, even as the list of the defendant’s sympathizers continues to grow.

During Monday night’s City Council meeting, Councilor Heather Harp called for “compassion and fairness” in the case of Brandon Bryant, charged with making threats in official and political matters, a felony, earlier this month.

On Thursday, three additional City Council members, Jesse Ramos, Sandra Vasecka

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