Oregon Teens Sentenced To Life In Prison For Mother's Murder

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Brett Pearson And Robert Miller II.Brett Pearson And Robert Miller II.

Brett Pearson, 18, was sentenced to life in prison, with the eligibility of parole after 40 years, on Sept. 23, for killing his mother and repeatedly shooting his father on March 5, 2014. 

Pearson reportedly enlisted the help of his friend, Robert Miller II, in the murder and offered to pay him for his help. At the time, they were both 17 and had been using methamphetamine, the Statesman Journal reported.

Although it’s still unclear why the duo decided to attack Pearson’s parents, Miller, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder, one count of attempt to commit murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder on Sept. 14. Pearson pleaded guilty to the same charges.

Michelle Pearson, 44, died after being shot in the neck in her home in Keizer, Oregon. Although her husband, Wilfred Pearson, was shot repeatedly, he survived the attack, KOIN reported.

Miller was reportedly the one to initially shoot Wilfred while he was sleeping in bed, the Statesman Journal reported. Michelle, who was in another room at the time, then ran toward the bedroom, and Miller shot her in the torso. When Brett realized his father was still alive, he reportedly shot at him at him at least to more times.

He then stole his mother's purse and withdrew money from his parents' bank account. Brett and Miller were planning to flee to Mexico, according to court documents.

Prosecutors argued that Brett was manipulative and didn’t show any remorse for his actions.

He did, however, apologize on the stand.

"I'm sorry for everything that's happened, for the pain that I've caused everybody, what I've put them through," he said. 

Like Brett, Miller was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison.

Before the murder, Miller was a volunteer at the Keizer Community Food Bank, a member of Keizer Fire Department’s explorer program and reportedly helped his friends and family members.

Brett’s defense lawyer said methamphetamine robbed his client of his sense of compassion.

Sources: Statesman Journal, KOIN / Photo credit: Police photo via KGW, KPTV