Brainard seeks 
OK to return to 
Redlands home

Rick Brainard

Grand Junction City Councilor-elect Rick Brainard wants to go home.

Through attorney Stephen Laiche, Brainard, 51, filed a motion seeking to modify bond conditions and allow him to return to his Redlands home. The filing says Brainard’s alleged victim in his domestic violence case has communicated her intent to leave the home by today.

“She has confirmed the same with counsel and will confirm same with the Deputy District Attorney,” Laiche wrote in the motion, filed on Monday.

In a handwritten note, Mesa County Court Judge Craig Henderson said he’s reserving a ruling until the District Attorney’s Office takes a position, while noting prosecutors must comply with Colorado’s Victim Rights Act. In Brainard’s case, the law would require prosecutors to contact — or at least attempt to contact — the alleged victim and notify her of Brainard’s request.

Brainard has been restrained from being at his home, located at 2207 Avenal Court, under a protection order issued April 8, two days after his arrest on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment against his live-in girlfriend.

The woman told police early April 6, after officers responded to Brainard’s home, she’d been living there since November along with her 13-year-old son, according to an arrest affidavit. She told officers Brainard had “let up” after pinning her against a dresser only after she’d yelled out for her son to call 911, the affidavit said.

Brainard has said he intends to take an oath of office for the council’s at-large seat despite his arrest April 6, when he admitted grabbing the woman, pushing her, pulling her hair and slapping her because she needed to “shut her mouth,” according to the affidavit.

His status conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. May 6, two hours before he’s scheduled to be sworn into office.


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