Man pleads guilty to killing Metzger man, receives 20 years
Two years after being charged with the death of Metzger resident Abdul Jamil Kamawal, Michael Troxell pled guilty to the crime Wednesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Troxell made the plea in a Washington County Circuit Court, pleading guilty to the crimes of first-degree manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. He has no possibility of early release from prison.
On Feb. 10, 2016, sheriff's deputies were called to a residence in the 7500 block of Southwest Cedarcrest Street and found Kamawal, 68, on the ground, concealed under straw outside of a house under construction. He died a short time later.
Troxell, a Portland resident, was later taken into custody and investigators recovered a shovel at the scene that they believed was used to kill Kamawal.
"He worked hard all his life," his son told The Times in 2016. "He got a job opportunity with the county very quickly, and he stayed there until his retirement."
Kamawal moved from his native Afghanistan to Pakistan in 1979 after the Soviet Union invaded his country. He lived there with his family for five years before settling in Portland in 1985.
Devoted to his faith, Kamawal was a board member of Masjed As-Saber mosque in Southwest Portland. He would fast two days a week to show his devotion to God and regularly read the Quran, his family said.
Kamawal worked with the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transporation for 22 years before retiring in 2007. Still, Kamawal was still fondly remembered, co-workers recalled shortly after his death.
"Jamil was an outstanding member of both his American and Afghanistan communities, a wonderful family man, and a fantastic member of the LUT (Land Use & Transportation) community," said Andrew Singleakis, the department's director for Kamawal's former boss.