Portland couple sentenced in the murder of LCC student

Regis Kindred was sentenced to life in prison. His wife, Kailee Von Foster, got six years and three months.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 9:46 AM
Updated: Feb 20, 2020 3:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - A Portland couple who shot and killed a Lane Community College student was sentenced on Thursday.

Regis Deray Kindred, 30, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Kindred's wife, Kailee Von Foster, 30, was sentenced to six years and three months in prison. 

The two were charged with killing Alex Oyombe Gradin, 21, in a parking lot at 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street in Eugene.

On May 4, 2019, police responded to multiple calls of shots fired at about 1:45 a.m. They found Gradin suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. Prosecutors said Kindred fired two shots, but only one hit Gradin in the chest. He died at the scene.

At the time of the shooting police said it was gang-related, but that Gradin was not the target. The shots were fired into a crowded area in the parking lot behind Taylor’s Bar and Grill.

Alex's father Dan Gradin said his son was born in Kenya and was adopted by the Gradin family. Alex grew up in Tigard and attended Western Oregon University in Monmouth before transferring to Lane Community College. 

"When Alex came as a little baby, he was nine months old. He fit into the family really quickly, although we realized he had a very different personality... he was very athletic. He was very ambitious. Very outgoing. And he changed our family so much in so many beneficial ways," Dan Gradin said.

Alex's family said his dream was to earn a business degree and open his own business. 

Kindred pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and Foster pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Feb. 12. 

"I didn't mean to kill your son," Kindred said. "I apologize for that."

Foster gave a similar apology to Alex's family in court Thursday. 

"I apologize from the bottom of my heart ... I am so terribly sorry," Foster said. 

Alex's parents said they would like to forgive the couple for taking their son's life. 

"I genuinely appreciate Mr. Kindred's apology to us. It appeared to be hearfelt. So I received his apology. I don't think we're going to become buddies. But I appreciate his apology," Dan Gradin said. "It's not easy to forgive, but that's what I intend to do."

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