A Bend man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole in the deaths of two 18-year-olds in Southwest Bend last summer.
Wesley Abel Brady, 41, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of strangulation in the deaths of Angela Pastorino and Alfredo Hernandez.
“The defendant is subjected to life in prison without the possibility of parole,” Judge Wells Ashby said.
The victims were found dead in a garage on Aug. 17, 2022. Bend Police say the three were doing housework before a physical altercation ensued, leading to the murders of the two teens.
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“The defendant struck Mr. Hernandez multiple times. He identified specifically that there was a point where Mr. Hernandez was incapacitated. He was struck until, and I will quote the defendant, ‘he was done,’” Deschutes County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mary Anderson said.
The prosecution said the murder weapon was a piece of wood. Brady attacked Hernandez during an argument. Brady then strangled Pastorino after she tried to intervene.
“He did not want a trial in this case. He did not want to put the families through that. This is a tragedy, and I don’t think anybody would argue differently, defense attorney Lisa Valenta said.
Brady spoke to a full courtroom of grieving families and friends.
“I tried to paint a picture that put every bit of blame on me. I hope the families know that their children are in a better place,” brady said.
Judge Ashby addressed the court before adjourning.
“If there was anything this court could do to relieve your suffering, it would do it. We all know the pain of losing someone. The manner of which these families lost their children is stunning,” Ashby said.