Woman sentenced to life for brutal Gresham murder
A woman was sentenced to life in prison for brutally stabbing Annastasia Hester more than 60 times, killing her in her Gresham home in 2016.
Angela McCraw-Hester pleaded guilty to murdering Annastasia Hester, her husband's former wife. After their divorce in 2012, Annastasia and her former husband Matthew had a bitter custody battle over their daughter, Alice. That dispute played a part in the murder, court records showed.
McCraw-Hester pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder, admitting that she entered Hester's apartment and "unlawfully and intentionally caused her death," according to an announcement from the Multnomah County District Attorney's office.
An investigation started on June 10, 2016, when Gresham Police and the East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team responded to Annastasia's Hester's apartment at 193 S.W. Eastman Parkway after the victim called 911 at about 3 a.m.
Based on the evidence developed during the investigation, law enforcement concluded McCraw-Hester likely left her residence, which she shared with Matthew Hester, in the 12000 block of Southeast Ramona Street in Portland, and drove to Annastasia Hester's apartment complex in Gresham.
Once she arrived at the apartment complex, McCraw-Hester apparently removed a window-mounted air conditioning unit and a cinder block to enter Hester's ground-floor apartment.
Multiple neighbors told investigators they heard sounds of a disturbance coming from Hester's apartment or the immediate vicinity, the announcement said.
Law enforcement arrived and found the air conditioner dangling from Hester's apartment.
Investigators located a bloody shoe print inside the apartment.
Law enforcement concluded it came from a women's boot and identified the retail store that sold those boots. The Gresham Police Department determined McCraw-Hester bought boots in 2015 that matched the bloody footprint.
Additionally, McCraw-Hester's DNA was found inside Hester's apartment on a kitchen knife block. Investigators also gathered video evidence that showed McCraw-Hester traveling to and from Hester's apartment in Gresham.
McCraw-Hester was arrested on Nov. 15, 2017.
Matthew Hester was arrested in 2019 in Idaho. He remains in custody pending trial on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit murder and hindering prosecution. A trial date for Matthew Hester has not been set.
Hester's brother, Nathaniel Holmes, provided an impact statement. In part the statement said:"It goes without saying that the murder of Annastasia Hester has affected her family to a great and severe extent. The emotional and psychological turmoil has been truly devastating. … I won't grow old with my sister and reminisce. She won't see her daughter grow up, get married, have kids or be a grandmother."
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