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One of 'Oregon Five' gets new sentence for killing classmate in 1990

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A prisoner who is one of the "Oregon Five" went before an Oregon Parole Board to receive a new sentence Tuesday morning.

Conrad Engweiler, who was 15 years old when he was convicted of the rape and murder of his Sunset High School classmate, will be eligible for release no earlier than Feb. 22, 2018. That means a possible parole hearing will be set for August of 2017.

"I raped, I murdered, I sodomized Erin Reynolds.  That's what I did," Engweiler said to the board today.

Originally, Engweiler was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 40 years, for the 1990 killing.

"My children grew up knowing that monsters really do exist, they're not just fairytales and people that live under your bed when they're little," Erin's sister Beth Greear said.  "They know that they're real and that they can be anywhere."

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled last year that Engweiler's sentence was unconstitutional because, at the time, Oregon had no laws regarding sentences for teenagers convicted of murder.

Four other Oregon convicts, including Shane Sopher, are in similar situations. Sopher also has a hearing Tuesday, where he may get a reduced sentence or possible release date.

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