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Cowlitz County man gets 25 years in Vancouver resident’s death

Vancouver man was killed in Portland

By , Columbian staff reporter

A Cowlitz County man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for the February 2022 shooting of a Vancouver man in Portland’s Lloyd District neighborhood.

Lona-Akoni Hudson, 30, pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon to first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery across three cases. He was originally charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of 38-year-old Jacob T. Dreyer.

Portland police north precinct officers were dispatched at 7:12 p.m. Feb. 26, 2022, to a report of a shooting in a parking garage in the 1000 block of Northeast Second Avenue. Arriving officers found a man, later identified as Dreyer, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Portland detectives determined Dreyer and Hudson planned to meet for a drug deal. A witness who was in the back of Dreyer’s car said a man, later identified as Hudson, shot Dreyer and then searched Dreyer’s pockets. Hudson then left the scene, the district attorney’s office said.

Portland police, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Vancouver Police Department and Southwest Regional SWAT, arrested Hudson on a warrant March 7, 2022, in Portland. A grand jury indicted him eight days later, according to the district attorney’s office.