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Portland man sentenced to life in prison for 2012 Christmas Day murder

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Michael Kirkland (Photo: Portland Police) Michael Kirkland (Photo: Portland Police)
Jaime Larson (Photo: Portland Police) Jaime Larson (Photo: Portland Police)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The man accused of murdering a Portland woman found dead in her apartment on Southwest Park Avenue was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to several charges in connection to the Dec. 25, 2012 murder.

Michael Kirkland pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated murder, strangulation, burglary and abuse of a corpse Monday.

He was arrested Jan. 3, 2013. Investigators said they identified the 39-year-old as a suspect in the death of Jaime Larson, 33, through forensic evidence found at the crime scene. Portland police worked with the state crime lab to examine the evidence.

Larson's body was discovered on Christmas night.

Court documents accused Kirkland of using a sock to block her mouth and impede her breathing. According to detectives, Larson met Kirkland only hours before her death.

Kirkland's life sentence does not include the possibility for parole. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors removed the option for the death penalty. 

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