Man guilty of murdering aunt in Gresham sentenced to prison - KPTV - FOX 12

Man guilty of murdering aunt in Gresham sentenced to prison

Posted: Updated: Oct 15, 2015 08:30 PM
Teddy Stivahtis Jr. in court Thursday. Teddy Stivahtis Jr. in court Thursday.
Teddy Stivahtis Jr. in court Thursday. Teddy Stivahtis Jr. in court Thursday.
Teddy Stivahtis Jr., jail booking photo Teddy Stivahtis Jr., jail booking photo
Deanna Stivahtis Deanna Stivahtis
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A man who murdered his aunt at her Gresham home and then is accused of robbing two banks while on the run from police will spend at least 35 years in prison.

The body of 70-year-old Deanna Stivahtis was discovered on Oct. 11.  Police said she was stabbed to death.

Teddy Stivahtis Jr., 37, was identified as the suspect when witnesses reported seeing him drive away in his aunt's van from her home on the 2900 block of Northeast Division Street.

Family members said Stivahtis had recently been released from jail and asked to stay with his aunt, but she said no. Her brother told FOX 12 last year that she had been saving up for dental work and Stivahtis knew she had that money in her home.

Family members said he has a history of drug abuse, including heroin addiction. 

After the murder, Stivahtis was on the run for nearly two weeks. Billboards were posted with his photo and the FBI offered a $10,000 reward.  

Stivahtis was arrested the afternoon of Oct. 23 at the Burlingame Fred Meyer store on Barbur Boulevard.

Between the time of the killing and his arrest, police said Stivahtis robbed a Chase Bank branch in a Fred Meyer store in Canby and a Key Bank in Lake Oswego.

On Thursday, Stivahtis pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated murder and third-degree robbery. He was sentenced to five years for the robbery charge and life in prison with a minimum of 30 years for aggravated murder.

The life term will start after the five-year robbery sentence.

Stivahtis is scheduled to change his plea in federal court on bank robbery charges next week.

Family members declined to comment outside the courtroom Thursday. 

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