GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) - A woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband’s ex-wife in Gresham in 2016.

Angela McCraw-Hester pleaded guilty Monday to the charge of second-degree murder.

Investigators said McCraw-Hester stabbed Annastasia Hester more than 60 times in Hester’s apartment on the 100 block of Southwest Eastman Parkway.

Detectives said McCraw-Hester removed a window-mounted air conditioning unit to enter the apartment on June 10, 2016. Hester called 911 at 3 a.m., but died before she could describe her attacker.

Evidence linking McCraw-Hester to the murder included DNA in the apartment, specifically on the kitchen knife block, video evidence that showed McCraw-Hester traveling to and from Hester’s apartment, and a bloody footwear impression inside the apartment that was determined to be a woman’s boot. Police later found evidence showing a purchase was made in 2015 using an account registered to McCraw-Hester for that type of footwear at the specific store that sells those boots.

Hester’s ex-husband Matthew Hester was also arrested in this case and remains in jail on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder and hindering prosecution.

A trial date has not been set for Matthew Hester.

Annastasia Hester had a young daughter with her ex-husband. Matthew Hester, McCraw-Hester and the little girl moved to Idaho shortly after Annastasia Hester was killed.

Detectives said they kept close tabs on McCraw-Hester in the year following Annastasia Hester’s murder. She was arrested in Pocatello, Idaho in October 2017.

Annastasia Hester’s brother, Nathaniel Holmes, provided an impact statement read by his attorney with the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center in court. In part the impact statement said:

“It goes without saying that the murder of Annastasia Hester has affected her family to a great and severe extent. The emotional and psychological turmoil has been truly devastating. … I won’t grow old with my sister and reminisce. She won’t see her daughter grow up, get married, have kids or be a grandmother.”

McCraw-Hester was sentenced to life in prison, with parole possible after 25 years.

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Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Tell me dems, because you're the ones in control of all of the DAs these days, why would you allow a creature like this, to have the possibility of parole after 25 years? This thing..this subhuman, in any reasonable situation, would be put to death. Why we food, clothe, shelter, and provide healthcare to personified evil like this, who would conceive a plot so horrific, and then carry it out against a completely innocent person, in her own home..is just mind numbing. Instead of doing the right thing here, you not only rub salt, you pour grain alcohol into the wounds by imposing a sentence that allows for a potential parole. That is just plain unfathomable.

missy1220

She stabs an innocent woman 60 times. Evidence proves that thiß murder was obviously premeditated so she should have been charged with murder in the 1st degree, not 2nd degree. No plea deal should have been allowed under those circumstances. Should have been given the death penalty or life without possibility of parole but she gets a chance of parole in 25 years. Absolutely disgusting.

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