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Killer of Christine Smith sentenced to life in prison


March 15, 2016

Devin Hansen

Linn County Circuit Court Judge DeAnn Novotny found Devin P. Hansen of Albany guilty of murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend, Christine Smith, and sentenced him to life in prison on March 8.

Smith grew up in Sweet Home.

She died on Jan. 27, 2014, Samaritan Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained when Hansen strangled her. Police arrested Hansen on Jan. 27, 2014.

Hansen will serve a minimum of 25 years, and Novotny directed the Department of Corrections to provide mental health treatment during his incarceration.

Hansen was also ordered to pay $8,800 in fees and restitution, and...

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