Sentencing hearing underway in Lebanon double homicide

Brenton Wade Richmond pre-trial conference.

The prosecution is seeking two consecutive life sentences.

Posted: Feb 16, 2021 4:03 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2021 1:41 AM

LEBANON, Ore. – A Lebanon man was in court Tuesday for the first day of sentencing in a double homicide from 2019.

Brenton Richmond, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in Linn County Circuit Court. He murdered his ex-girlfriend Tammy Hopper and the man she was seeing, Erik Jacobs.

Brenton Wade Richmond

The court has set aside three days for the sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors are asking for Richmond to receive two life sentences with a minimum of 25 years each served one after the other. However, Richmond’s lawyers are hoping for a lesser sentence.

Throughout the week, the court will call witnesses to testify to help the judge decide the appropriate sentence.

Tuesday morning, a licensed psychologist testified about her interactions with Richmond in the time after the murders.

“At the time, he was mostly psychiatry stable,” Michell Guyton said. “He was – as is common for people in a similar situation – he was experiencing some depression and anxiety related to his case.”

The bodies of the two victims were found two days after they were killed – the same day Richmond was arrested at the Mexican border in San Diego.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to wrap up by Thursday.

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