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Jury convicts Tualatin man of girlfriend's murder

Lujar Philippo sentenced to 28 years in prison

PhilippoOn June 22, 2012, Lujar Philippo stabbed his girlfriend Kiorinta Edmond to death on the lawn outside their Tualatin Meadows apartment. On Tuesday, the 47-year-old was convicted of the murder.

Two years ago, Tualatin police responded to a neighbor's early morning call — the neighbor had heard a woman screaming. That woman was 31-year-old Edmond, who bled to death as a result of 25 stab wounds to her upper chest and torso, which Philippo inflicted upon her with a kitchen knife, according to court documents. When police arrived, Philippo ran at them with knives in each hand before holding one to his own throat.

Court documents say that following his arrest, Philippo told investigators he was guilty but wanted an attorney.

In Washington County Circuit Court in July 2012, Philippo pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Originally set for April 2013, Philippo's trial was postponed at the request of his attorney, who said it was difficult to find an appropriate translator for the defendant, who speaks Marshallese. Philippo had been lodged in the Washington County Jail during this time, awaiting his trial.

The trial began last week and concluded on Tuesday evening. Jurors deliberated for half an hour before reaching a verdict, concluding Philippo was guilty of all counts. Philippo could have waited 48 hours before hearing his sentencing, but wanted to know right away, said prosecutor Bracken McKey.

Judge Charlie Bailey sentenced Philippo to 28 years in prison before the possibility of consideration for parole. He will be sent to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville before being sent to an Oregon Department of Corrections prison.

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