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Family described victim as a devoted mother of three young boys and 'heart of the family'

A 29-year-old Portland man was sentenced Friday afternoon, Jan. 17, for killing his wife.

Robert Lee West received 23 years in prison for killing Lila Streeter, who was described by her sisters as "the heart of the family" and someone who cared deeply about loved ones. Her family remembers Streeter as a devoted mother to three young boys.

"Lila was my special baby," said Linda Moore, her mother, in court. "I know (West is) here today accepting responsibility but there is no explanation and no justification for taking her life … There is nothing to be done today in court that could cure my pain. As a family, as a community, we will get past this and we will heal."

On Nov. 20 West plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and first-degree kidnapping — both tied to domestic violence. West and Streeter were married at the time of the killing.

The investigation began on Oct. 2, 2017, when officers with the Portland Police Bureau responded to a home in the 17200 block of Southeast Alder Street for a welfare check on Streeter. Upon arriving, the officers found evidence that suggested Streeter was injured. They attempted to contact West, according to the report, but he refused to comply.

The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Response Team entered the home and took West into custody. Law enforcement found Streeter in a bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, the cause of death was blunt force trauma, which included injuries to her head, neck and abdomen.

Throughout the plea deal, the victim's family was consulted and updated, said the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. The case was prosecuted by Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Traci Anderson, who supervises the Domestic Violence Unit for the District Attorney's Office, and Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Devin Franklin.

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