Husband sentenced to life for ex-Vancouver woman's murder
Brian Cole will be eligible for parole in 25 years
Originally published July 20, 2011 at 6:55 a.m., updated July 20, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
PORTLAND — Convicted murderer Brian Cole has been given a life term with the possibility of parole after 25 years for killing his wife, former Vancouver resident Heather Mallory, in 2008 and then leaving her body in the woods near Estacada.
A judge handed down the sentence Wednesday morning in Portland.
A Multnomah County jury decided in late June that Brian Cole killed Heather Mallory in their Portland apartment.
Steve Mallory, Heather’s father, had a chance to address Cole during the sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
“Probably one of the hardest things that Jeni and I have ever done was going to the crematorium and pick up the remains of the person you murdered,” he said.
“I really don’t have anything to say right now,” Cole said when he had a chance to respond.
Cole’s attorney called the sentence a farce, but Judge Janice Wilson countered and said Cole deserves to spend the rest of his behind bars.
“You didn’t have a right to possess Heather Mallory,” the judge said. “You didn’t have the right to kill her when she no longer wanted to stay with you.”
Carrying a high school prom photo of Heather Mallory, her parents said they’re glad to have custody of the couple’s six-year-old son. He doesn’t know yet what his father did to his mother.
“Not having a mom and a dad is very difficult. We deal with it everyday, but it is what it is,” Steve Mallory said.
“I’m pleased for a number of reasons, mostly because I won’t have to worry about Brian anymore,” said Jeni Mallory, Heather’s mother.
Cole took a deep breath, closed his eyes and held them shut after the guilty verdict was read in June. It appeared that he was close to tears.
Cole’s mother was not in court on Wednesday, but was present when the verdict was read last month.
His only audible words in court after the verdict were to his mother as he was led away. She said she loved him. He said, “I love you,” and cried as he left.