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Breaking: Wallace gets life in prison for killing mother, nephew

Former Lake Oswego resident opts not to let jury consider the death penalty


by: SUBMITTED. - WallaceFormer Lake Oswego resident Adrien Graham Wallace was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday for the execution-style murders of his mother and nephew.

Wallace, who was convicted of aggravated murder by a Clackamas County jury that rejected his insanity defense, could have faced the death penalty. But after conferring with his attorneys, he decided to forego the penalty phase of the trial and waived his rights to any future appeals.

During the nearly three-week trial, prosecutors Greg Horner and Chris Owen had argued that despite a lifelong history of depression and anger management issues, Wallace was lucid when he shot Saundra Sue Wallace, 71, and Nicolas Brian Juarez, 16, in the driveway of his mother's home in unincorporated Lake Oswego in June 2012.

Jurors heard the confession Wallace gave to an emergency dispatcher immediately after the killings, as well as his taped confession to detectives. The jury also viewed graphic images from the crime scene.

Defense attorneys David Falls and Laurie Bender tried to establish that Wallace "suffered from a mental disease or defect and that he lacked substantial capacity either to appreciate the criminality of the conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law."

But in his confession to detectives, Wallace, 43, said he knew exactly what he was doing when he shot his mother six times and his nephew 12 times as they tried to flee in Sue Wallace's Prius.

"I was in my right mind when I did what I did," Wallace told detectives. "I was angry and I was hateful and I committed murder."



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