Barricaded gunman to serve 11 to 30 years in prison

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – A 23-year-old Taylor man who faced dozens of felony charges for an armed standoff with police last year will spend the next 11 to 30 years in prison.

Brett Ryan Lambert was sentenced Thursday by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Heise after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to three of more than 30 felony charges last month.

Lambert was sentenced to a minimum of 11 years in prison for each of the two most series charges, possession of explosives and assault with intent to murder. Lambert also pleaded guilty but mentally ill to felony firearms possession, for which he was sentenced to two years in prison.

Police and prosecutors said Lambert fired multiple shots at officers who responded to reports of gunfire from a house in the 25000 block of Wick Road early last November.

Lambert has been in custody since surrendering to police after a standoff that lasted more than 13 hours, during which gunfire was exchanged with responding Taylor police and Downriver SWAT squads.

Lambert was cleared for trial in May after forensic psychiatric evaluations, which determined he was competent to stand trial on more than 30 charges. A jury trial had been scheduled for this month, but was cancelled after Lambert pleaded guilty on July 30.

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