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Killer sentenced to two life sentences in 1988 murder of Lake Oswego couple

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Doug and Rozina Anderson on their wedding day, courtesy of the Rousett family. Doug and Rozina Anderson on their wedding day, courtesy of the Rousett family.
John Kelley, sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Doug & Rozina Anderson. John Kelley, sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Doug & Rozina Anderson.
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The man who confessed to the cold case murders of a Lake Oswego couple was sentenced in a California courtroom Wednesday to two life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole.

Doug and Rozina Anderson were on a camping trip in California in August of 1988 – just two years after they were married – when they were both shot several times in a remote park near Crescent City.

But the search for their killer went cold, and for decades their family members had very few answers.

Until a few months ago.

A man named John Kelley, 52, was already in custody for the 1986 rape and murder of a 17-year-old in California, when he told investigators he wanted to “clear his conscience” of other crimes and gave them details about the Anderson’s murder only the killer could know.

In December, Del Norte County District Attorney Dale Trigg officially filed two charges of first-degree murder against Kelley.  He said Kelley also raped Rozina before murdering her.

Several family members of the victims made the trip to northern California to be in the courtroom during Kelley’s sentencing Wednesday.

He was given two life sentences in state prison without the possibility of parole.  DA Dale Trigg told Fox 12 Kelley did not express remorse or offer any kind of apology during the proceeding.

Kelley had previously told investigators he did it because he was angry after having an argument, and “needed to blow off steam.”

“To have Rozina take off on a well-deserved vacation to California with Doug, only to find out they were slaughtered in a hail of bullets in their van and have her come back home to the farm in a box of ashes, was gut wrenching,” one of Rozina’s four brothers, Greg Rousett, read from the letter he wrote to be read in court.  “Doug and Rozina just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time…We will be praying that your conscience will not let you have a moment of rest throughout your long imprisonment.”

Prior to Kelley’s sentencing Wednesday, family members of the victims learned new details about how the murders were carried out from investigators and prosecutors involved in the case.

“The details were just kind of salt in our wounds.  It was worse than we thought, quite a bit worse,” Rousett told Fox 12.  “Rozina suffered the longest and to the very end.”

Family members say Kelley was jailed in the 1990’s for raping a woman and his DNA was collected at that time, which was later linked to the 1986 rape and murder of a 17-year-old.

Had it not been for his confession in this case, investigators say it’s very likely the murders would have remain unsolved.

“I think justice was served,” Greg’s wife and Rozina’s sister-in-law Diane Rousett added.  “We got the information we hoped for that we thought we would never get.”

“Like I said in my letter, I pray that he just is tormented – if he has any conscience left – for the rest of his days,” Rousett said.  “He certainly deserves that.”

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