Man in Pendleton murder, beating pleads guilty

Man in Pendleton murder, beating pleads guilty

Credit: E.J. Harris/ East Oregonian

Man in Pendleton murder, beating pleads guilty

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 3:10 AM

PENDLETON, Ore. – A man captured last year for the stabbing death of a 19-year-old woman and the vicious beating of another woman in Pendleton pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder Wednesday in a Umatilla County court.

Lukah Pobzeb Chang, 23, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years behind bars for the August 2012 stabbing death of 19-year-old Amy Jane Brandhagen and violent beating of 53-year-old Karen Lange in August of 2013.

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Police linked Chang, a Marine deserter from Morganton, N.C., to the murder after investigators found DNA evidence at the scene where Lange was attacked.

Police identified Chang as a suspect in both cases, and he was arrested after food service workers spotted him in the Pendleton Convention Center in August.

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