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Homeless man gets life sentence in Eugene woman's murder

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A homeless man with a lengthy criminal record has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Eugene woman.

The Register-Guard reports Vyacheslav Stefanskiy apologized to relatives of Marissa Nevills at Wednesday's sentencing, but could offer no explanation for why he stabbed her 22 times.

The 26-year-old Stefanskiy said he doesn't really know why he killed her.

Lane County Assistant District Attorney Steve Morgan said Stefanskiy was apparently high on methamphetamine when he went to Nevills' apartment to steal a television.

Nevills wouldn't let the stranger in, and the prosecutor said that led the Stefanskiy to "freak out."

Stefanskiy must serve at least 25 years of his life sentence before he can apply for parole.


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