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Woman Gets Life Sentence

EUGENE, Ore. — A young woman was sentenced to life in prison for her involvement in a murder almost a year ago.

Every bench in the courtroom was filled Thursday by all the parties affected by the series of crimes committed last year.

Family and friends on both sides were there as now 19-year-old Mercedes Crabtree learned her fate.

Even members of the two banks she robbed in Creswell and Mapleton showed up.

Crabtree pleaded guilty to the August 2012 kidnapping, robbery and murder of Eugene resident, Celestino Gutierrez, Jr.

Everyone in court Thursday listened carefully as the victim’s family spoke out about the painful loss of their son.

“Her family is obviously deeply affected by this as well. Whenever you have a death like this, there are two sides if not more and her family is sorry as well,” said defense attorney Steven Gorham.

Crabtree also took a moment to read this letter to the victim’s family about how sorry she was.

KEZI 9 News tried to talk with the district attorney’s office, but because there are two other co-defendants on this case pending trial, they couldn’t provide comment at this time.

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