SUTHERLIN, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown has granted a Sutherlin woman clemency more than a decade after she was convicted of murdering her nephew in cold blood.
In 2004, Rebecca Machain, then 15, was accused of shooting and killing Troy Anderson at their home on South Grove Lane. Officials said Machain was trying to steal hundreds of dollars from Anderson’s mother and her sister, Wendy Hacker.
Machain was reportedly afraid Anderson would tell on her, so she shot him to keep him quiet.
In 2006, Machain pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. However, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Corrections said Machain was released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville on Tuesday.
It’s still unclear why Brown gave Machain leniency. KEZI 9 News reached out to Machain’s lawyer for comment, but they declined.
However, officials said Machain is currently on supervised release in Yamhill County.
Some neighbors told KEZI 9 News that they remember the afternoon Machain shot Anderson clearly.
Tina Cole said she remembers Machain as a friendly but quiet teenager. Because of this, she said she believes Machain is capable of moving forward and learning from her mistakes.
“She’s been in there for a while,” Cole said. “She was young. She could’ve learned something.”
Others told KEZI 9 News that Machain should’ve served the entire sentence because of what she did to Anderson.
“I think for shooting someone in the back of the head, just so callous and cold you know,” said Robert Hamilton. “I think she needs more time to think about it.”