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Santiago-Santiago killed a manager at Heritage Specialty Foods last November

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - SWAT personnel at the standoff location where the suspect, Camilo Santiago-Santiago, was arrested on Friday, Nov. 15, after a shooting in Wilsonville.

Woodburn resident Camilo Santiago-Santiago was sentenced to life in prison in Clackamas County Court Sept. 2 for murdering a manager at Heritage Specialty Foods in Wilsonville last year.

Santiago-Santiago was convicted of second-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm charges. He won't be eligible for parole for 25 years and pleaded guilty to both charges.

"We were satisfied with the outcome," Clackamas County prosecutor Chris Owen said.

Carl Hellinger, who was 36 years old and lived in Portland, died at the scene Nov. 15 after Santiago-Santiago, a former employee at the company who had been recently fired, shot him. The Woodburn resident fled Wilsonville but then was apprehended in Woodburn after barricading himself in his car and daring officers to shoot him. Santiago-Santiago was booked into Clackamas County Jail following the incident.

Owen said Santiago-Santiago was a temporary worker at Heritage Specialty Foods before being let go for showing up to work while intoxicated. Owen said he wasn't sure whether Hellinger was Santiago-Santiago's immediate supervisor.

"He was in a position of authority over Mr. Santiago-Santiago. I'm sure he would have been a part of that decision-making process (to fire him), but we never learned anything directly from Santiago-Santiago because he didn't make a statement after he was arrested."


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