Oregon man pleads guilty to Christmas killing

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say a 39-year-old man who pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and related charges in the Christmas 2012 killing of a woman has been sentenced to life in prison.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says Michael James Kirkland pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated murder, felony strangulation, corpse abuse, burglary and theft in the Dec. 25, 2012, death of 33-year-old Jaime Lyn Larson.

Officers found the woman’s body in the Park Terrace Apartments in southwest Portland.

Homicide detectives identified Kirkland as the only suspect. Simpson says detectives learned that Larson met Kirkland only hours before her death.

The man was arrested Jan. 3, 2013.

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