Kevin Adams was sixteen years old when he murdered three members of his foster family in Oregon. According to court documents Kevin Adams waited for his foster father who was also his uncle to leave the home. This teen killer broke into a locked closet and grabbed a gun before shooting his aunt, sister and foster sister. Kevin Adams would wait outside for his foster family telling the man when he arrived home to call 911. When police arrived on the scene this teen killer would confess to the three murders. At the end of the day Kevin Adams would be sentenced to sixty years in prison however is eligible for parole after 12 years.
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Kevin Adams is being kept in the Oregon Youth Authority til he turns 25 and will be then transferred to adult prison unless his behavior dictates an earlier move.
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The teen who killed his foster mother and two sisters nearly three years ago in rural Douglas County was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison Tuesday — a sentence the prosecutor called “largely symbolic” because the young man will be eligible for parole in about 12 years.
Kevin Adams was 16 and a junior at Roseburg High School when he used his foster father’s .22 caliber Ruger handgun to kill Donya Adams, 55, Amory Adams, 26, and Payshience “Tia” Adams, 10.
His was the latest high-profile case involving a violent juvenile offender to reach sentencing since the passage last year of Oregon’s landmark juvenile justice law. The law aimed to keep juveniles accused of serious crimes out of adult court and in the juvenile system, where the sentences are shorter and the focus is on rehabilitation.
In two recent cases out of Yamhill and Lane counties, judges ruled that the teens accused of murder be kept in Juvenile Court. In those cases, the youths will be released from state custody when they turn 25.
In his plea deal with Douglas County prosecutors, Adams, now 18, agreed to be prosecuted as an adult.
In a Douglas County courtroom packed with the victims’ family and friends, Adams was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said Adams will likely start his sentence in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority, then will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections when he turns 25.
Under Oregon’s new juvenile justice law, he will be eligible for parole in about 12 years.
Donya Adams’ family was outraged by the sentence.
“I don’t know that he can be rehabilitated,” said Adams’ sister Gaylen Olson, 59, of Auburn, Washington. “The anger and the resentment at the world in general is so strong.”
The family has started an effort to repeal Oregon’s new juvenile justice law.
In handing down the sentence, Douglas County Circuit Judge William Marshall said he was “left with what the legislation has done and what you have done.”
He added: “I don’t have a lot of choice about the sentence in this matter no matter what my feelings are and what the end result is.”
In court, Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve Hoddle walked through the circumstances leading to the killings:
One day earlier, Adams got into a locked closet off the living room where his uncle and foster father, Robert Adams, stored his firearms. The key to the closet was kept on a hook by the kitchen door.
He took the gun to Roseburg High that day and showed it to several classmates, the prosecutor said. But none of them reported it to school administrators or police, he said.
(In an interview after the hearing, Hoddle said he didn’t know how many people saw the gun that day.)
That evening, while Robert Adams was away from the house at a meeting of Boy Scout leaders, Adams shot Donya Adams and his sisters, stopping once to reload. Amory Adams was his foster sister, the daughter of Robert and Donya Adams, and Payshience “Tia” Adams was his biological sister.
He shot Donya Adams eight times — five times in her back and once in her shoulder, arm and head.
He then chased Amory Adams upstairs and shot her seven times – five times in her back, once in her arm, once in the head.
“Kevin then found Payshience attempting to hide from him in her parents’ bathroom,” Hoddle said. “When he found her, Paychience held up one hand and said, ‘Please don’t.’
“Kevin then shot her three times in her head,” he said.
The teen went outside, waited for Robert Adams and told him to call 911.
When authorities arrived, Kevin Adams confessed, Hoddle said.
When the prosecutor was done, the judge addressed Adams’ relatives and friends, many of whom were crying.
Marshall paused the proceeding.
“I see that there are family members that are having an emotional time,” he said, allowing a brief period of silence to settle over the room. “Just take a moment.”
Robert and Donya Adams had raised Kevin and his sisters, Kathleen and Payshience, as their own. They are the biological children of Robert Adams’ brother.
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