- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A man convicted in a 2012 killing will likely spend life behind bars.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1qzj3lS) 26-year-old A.J. Scott Nelson faced a death sentence in the killing of 22-year-old Eugene resident Celestino Gutierrez Jr.

Nelson was one of three people convicted in the death.

David Ray Taylor is on death row while Mercedes Crabtree serves a life sentence in prison. Crabtree will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.

Gutierrez was kidnapped and killed so the three men could use his car in a bank robbery.

Defense attorneys Laurie Bender and Chris Clayhold argued Nelson is depressed, has post-traumatic stress disorder and was pressured by Taylor.

Jurors recommended a life sentence without the possibility of release.

A judge will sentence Nelson June 2 based on the jury’s recommendation.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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