Reexamination of evidence leads to conviction in 2003 case

October 8, 2021 GMT


An Iowa man has been convicted in the 2003 sexual assaults of two teenagers after he was linked to the crime through a re-examination of old laboratory evidence.

The U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday in a news release that 43-year-old Myron Lee Brandon, of Pacific Junction, Iowa, was found guilty this week of two counts of kidnapping and two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The release said that Brandon met the 14- and 15-year-old girls in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, and offered them a ride to a location in the city. But he instead drove them to a rural road outside Pacific Junction, where he burned them with a cigarette and sexually assaulted them at knifepoint.

The teens escaped and walked to Interstate 29 where they were picked up by a motorist and taken to safety, the release said.


Law enforcement was not able to identify a suspect at the time, but evidence that was collected during medical exams was put into storage. The evidence then was re-examined through a Sex Assault Kit Initiative program that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office created in 2015.

Sentencing for Brandon is set for March 2 in Council Bluffs.