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Man pleads guilty in death of mental health worker

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Brent Redd Jr. Brent Redd Jr.

A St. Helens man who stabbed a health worker to death won't go to jail, he'll spend the rest of his life in the state's mental hospital.

A judge sentenced Brent Redd Jr. Tuesday for killing Jennifer Warren at his home last summer.  Redd changed his plea to "guilty except for insane" for Warren's murder.

 "I miss my daughter, Jennifer.  Our life will never be the same," Warren's mother, Teresa Armstrong, said Tuesday on the stand.

As part of her job with Columbia Community Mental Health, Warren regularly visited clients with criminal backgrounds to deliver medication.  On a fateful Sunday morning in May, she visited Redd.

"For me, there is such a hole in my heart.  I've never been without her," Armstrong said.

Redd called 911 to report that he had stabbed Warren, and when police arrived, they said Redd was standing at the front door covered in blood.

"It was just unbelievable.  It still is. I've been crying for nine months," Armstrong said.

Redd was under the watch of the Oregonian Psychiatric Review Board after pleading guilty except for insanity to the attempted murder of his mother in 2007.

He was sent to Oregon State Hospital, but in 2010, he was granted conditional release and began receiving treatment in St. Helens.

Redd was sentenced to a maximum of life in the state's mental health hospital.

"You can't take something like that back.  I believe that his heart is hurting too," Armstrong said.

Armstrong hopes her daughter's death will inspire change and protection for mental health workers.

"I would like them for the community's sake, for the world's sake to change that policy," she said. "Why not? You know, obviously, it doesn't work."

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