Crime

Tacoma teen pleads guilty to beating his father to death

Rylan Salzman enters Pierce County Superior Court for his arraignment in June 2014. He pleaded guilty Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, to second-degree murder in the beating death of his father.
Rylan Salzman enters Pierce County Superior Court for his arraignment in June 2014. He pleaded guilty Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, to second-degree murder in the beating death of his father. Staff file, 2014

A 17-year-old Tacoma boy pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the beating death of his father.

Rylan Salzman is to be sentenced Thursday.

Pierce County prosecutors alleged in charging documents that the teenager beat Richard Salzman, 49, to death with a walking stick on June 6, 2014, and then concealed the body in a wooden container on the family’s property.

Rylan Salzman eventually confessed to the crime after his mother filed a missing persons report on her husband and arranged to hire a search-and-rescue team to look for him, court records show.

Salzman told investigators he’d fought with his father over his treatment of his mother and that his father pushed him down. He said he then grabbed the walking stick and started swinging, court records state.

Salzman’s attorneys tried unsuccessfully to get the case transferred from adult court, where he is being prosecuted, to juvenile court.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam

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