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Oakridge Man Sentenced for Homicide

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s been six months since an Oakridge man allegedly killed his roommate during a camping trip. He admitted to the crime Thursday.

A judge sentenced Aaron Curry to just more than six years in prison for drunkenly murdering Alan Platt. The sentence was part of a plea deal that Platt’s family agreed to, they say, to avoid a trial.

The deputy DA revealed Platt died from blunt force trauma to the head after Curry allegedly hit him in the face with a log. That ended the fight the two got into after drinking a heavy amount at the campsite that day.

Platt’s family says the 80-month sentence isn’t ideal, but it’s better than the possibility of Curry walking if a jury found him not guilty.

“At least this is something, it’s not the perfect game plan, but it works. And a lot of it is just closure, closure to be able to move on to the next thing,” said Alan Platt’s sister Allison Cavarra.

Two of Platt’s sisters and his long-time girlfriend tearfully spoke to Curry before sentencing. Curry sat with his back to them but did issue an apology to the judge. He says he’ll never drink again and that he wishes things could go back to the way they were.

In addition to the jail time, Curry will serve three years on parole. He’ll also pay for Platt’s funeral services.

The victim’s sister says this experience prompted her to work for stricter murder laws in Oregon.

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