- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge in Portland exceeded the terms of a plea agreement to sentence a man to 25 years in prison Thursday in connection with two killings on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Prosecutors had recommended a 20-year sentence for Curtis L. Brown after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and accessory to first-degree murder.

Judge Marco Hernandez said 20 years wasn’t enough. Brown’s lawyer plans to appeal.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/OI495p ) judges are not bound by plea agreements, but they rarely impose sentences significantly different from the recommendation.

Brown shot and killed Jonas Miller in 2012. He said it was an accident. A week later Brown helped dispose of the body of Faron Kalama who had been beaten and killed. Two women charged in her death pleaded guilty.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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