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Hank Curtis Davis

Hank Curtis Davis, 29, on Tuesday was sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison after pleading no contest to murder.  

The plea came more than two years after Davis was arrested on Sept. 11, 2015, for shooting and killing his mother, Patricia Jean Davis, 61, at their shared home at 1430 Tudor Way SE.

In his defense, Davis argued that he suffered from "extreme emotional distress," stemming from having been abused by his father. Defense attorney John Rich argued that a lesser conviction of first-degree manslaughter was appropriate, and requested a psychiatric evaluation of his client.

Prosecutor Colleen Cerda said the results from that evaluation came with a phone call from Dr. Alex Millke, a psychologist with the State Hospital in Salem, who announced to both lawyers during a resolution conference on Friday that he found "no signs of extreme emotional distress" in Davis.

With that information, Davis opted for a plea deal, in which the charge of unlawful use of a weapon was dropped. Davis was also sentenced to post-prison supervision for the rest of his life.

According to a probable cause affidavit in the case, Hank Davis shot his mother at least six times in the torso, legs and arms as she sat in a reclining chair. The rounds also struck a large metal bowl, which it appeared she used to try and shield herself from the gunfire, the document states.

Contact reporter Neil Zawicki at 541-812-6099 or neil.zawicki@lee.net

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