- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury on Tuesday found a convicted rapist guilty of aggravated murder in the death of a woman at a suburban Portland apartment complex.

Jaime Tinoco, 20, faces up to life in prison. He is already serving time for the rape that happened in Eugene about a month after Nicole Laube was fatally stabbed on Aug. 19, 2014.

Jurors in Hillsboro deliberated about four hours before returning the verdict, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported (https://is.gd/kY3Ufe ). When Tinoco sat down after the decision was read, he bowed his head and shook it back and forth.

Prosecutors said Tinoco - 17 at the time - stabbed the 29-year-old woman with a kitchen knife while she was hanging lease-renewal filers at the apartment complex where she worked. Court records show the teen told investigators he planned to rape Laube, but she started screaming.

Defense attorneys told jurors that Tinoco was coerced by investigators into giving a false confession.

Laube’s killing had gone unsolved for months, but investigators thought Tinoco might be involved. When detectives heard the Eugene rape had been committed by a Washington County teen, they checked his background and noticed he lived with his parents across the road from where Laube worked.

Tinoco was sentenced in March 2015 to more than 14 years in prison for the rape that occurred during a group outing for young offenders to a University of Oregon football game. He was on probation at the time for harassment, drug possession and burglary.

After the sentencing, a Eugene detective questioned Tinoco about Laube’s killing and got the information that led to a grand jury indictment.

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