Wyngarden: ‘I did not kill my sister or Rick’

Ryan Wyngarden (2013)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who was found guilty for murdering his sister and her husband more than 26 years ago was sentenced to two life sentences Monday morning.

Gail Brink was 22 and her husband Rick Brink was 28 when the couple was found shot to death in their Park Township home on Nov. 23, 1987. A jury found 52-year-old Ryan Wyngarden guilty of the double murder in March. Police have said Wyngarden was jealous of the newlyweds’ success and wanted to keep secret sexual encounters he and his sister had as teenagers.

Wyngarden spoke for an hour and a half during his sentencing. He was visibly upset and crying, particularly so when he said his wife was pressured into giving detectives information that helped break the case in 2013. 

“They mentally raped my wife and put her in the position where she felt like she had to choose between telling a lie or me going to prison,” said Wyngarden.

He began praying in court and proclaiming his innocence, saying he “did not kill my sister or Rick.”

“Here I am. I’m like, Lord, why are you doing this to me? I’m a good man. Why is this happening?” he cried.

When Judge Jon Hulsing started talking, Wyngarden kept interrupting him. Hulsing then threatened to have Wyngarden handcuffed and duct-taped.

“Do I need to have you bound? We will have the deputies go out and duct tape you, whatever’s necessary, but you’re going to listen,” the judge said.

Hulsing then told Wyngarden that he was a controlling individual.

“You couldn’t control your sister, so you killed her. You put three bullets in the face of your sister as she’s sleeping in bed, you put two bullets in the face of your brother-in-law as he’s looking out the window. This was a brutal homicide. You are a brutal, cold-blooded murderer,” Hulsing said.

Wyngarden said his wife Pam has filed for divorce.

He does not have the option of parole.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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