CORVALLIS, Ore. -- William Hargrove has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Russian woman in 2017. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
Hargrove was sentenced Thursday morning in Benton County Circuit Court. He did not make a statement during the sentencing hearing. However, victim impact statements were read during the hearing.
Following a trial in November, a jury found Hargrove guilty of killing Anna Repkina, 27. Hargrove was also found guilty of identity theft and two counts of second-degree theft.
Hargrove was arrested by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in April 2017. He was later indicted by a grand jury for the murder, which happened on April 17, 2017, on a logging road outside of Alsea.
Benton County prosecutor Amie Matusko said that Hargrove promised to marry Repkina. Investigators said Repkina was born in Russia and had only been in Corvallis for a month before she was killed. She had no known relatives in the United States and was admitted through the Los Angeles International Airport with a valid Russian passport.
"Contrary to speculation, she was not a mail-order bride," Matusko told the court. "When the state says that this murder was committed in a callous fashion it's because he took her up there and he shot her in the back of the head. he didn't even look her in the eye when he shot her."
Matusko said another woman Hargrove was in a relationship with gave him an ultimatum, saying he had to decide between her and Repkina. She said after killing Repkina, Hargrove withdrew $800 dollars from Repkina's bank account and used the money to buy video games, cigars and more.
Matusko said that during the trial the prosecution showed the jury evidence including the shotgun used in the murder that had Hargrove's fingerprints on it. She said a receipt from KFC found at the crime scene lead deputies to Hargrove.
"The defendant very nearly got away with this crime," Matusko said. "It was his own trash that betrayed him."
Hargrove’s attorney said they plan to appeal.