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Story by Larry Fitzpatrick - The Oregon Herald
Published on Thursday December 15, 2011 - 6:09 AM
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HERMISTON, Oregon - A former Morrow County sheriff's reserve deputy has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2010 shooting death of a pregnant eastern Oregon bartender.

The state attorney general's office says 30-year-old Steven Montie Crum pleaded guilty to the murder of Jessica Rae Killian of Hermiston. Attorney general's spokesman Tony Green said Crum was sentenced Wednesday. He must serve a minimum 30 years before he is eligible for parole.

On Oct. 4, 2010, sheriff's deputies went to rural property owned by Crum's family about 20 miles outside of Heppner in northeast Oregon, and found Killian's body in an unoccupied home.

The state medical examiner's office said she died of a gunshot wound and could have been killed as early as Oct. 1, 2010. She tended bar at the Pheasant Cafe & Lounge in Hermiston.

The state Justice Department prosecuted the case at the request of the Morrow County district attorney.