Judge hands down true life sentences to man convicted in Portland light rail killings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The man convicted of killing two men and injuring a third on a light-rail train in Portland in 2017 was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jeremy Christian was convicted earlier this year for killing Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best.

He also was convicted of attempted murder for stabbing survivor Micah Fletcher and assault and menacing for shouting slurs and throwing a bottle at a black woman on another light rail train the day before the May 26, 2017, stabbings.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Cheryl Albrecht handed down the sentencing after the second day of statements from victims and their families and a statement from Christian himself.

She sentenced Christian to two true-life sentences for the murders as well as 240 months for the attempted murder of Fletcher, according to Kellee Azar, a reporter with our Portland news partner KATU.

On Tuesday, Deputies swiftly escorted Christian out of the courtroom at the judge’s orders after his outburst at a Black woman who suffered a serious eye injury after Christian struck her with a half-filled Gatorade bottle.

She described him as a white supremacist and a plague on society.

“And when you die and go to hell, I hope you rot,” said Demetria Hester.

Christian responded: “See you there.” He called her a liar and exclaimed, “I should have killed you!”

At a minimum, Christian faced at least life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

After hearing arguments from defense attorneys and prosecutors earlier in the day, the judge said she believed Oregon law allows her to sentence Christian to a maximum of life in prison with no chance of ever getting out.


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