OR man sentenced to 25 years in cold case murder
Friday, July 8, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland, Ore., man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his guilty plea to the murder of a woman found fatally shot in her car 18 years ago.
A tip generated by "cold case" playing cards distributed in Oregon prisons led police to arrest Brad Richard Ballantyne last summer in the Jan. 1, 1993, slaying of 30-year-old Kimberly Jean Dunkin.
Sgt. Pete Simpson says the now-37-year-old Ballantyne entered his plea and was sentenced Thursday.
Court documents allege that Ballantyne killed Dunkin as he was trying to commit a robbery.
He was arrested in Vancouver, Wash.