Tremayne Durham is a big guy. And he likes to eat. So when he was sitting in an Oregon jail waiting for trial for murder, all he could think about was food. So, when the prosecutors offered this unusual plea deal, Durham bit right in:
Durham was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars with a chance for parole in 30 years after pleading guilty last month to aggravated murder for Adam Calbreath's brutal slaying.
Multnomah County, Ore., Judge Eric Bergstrom agreed to the unusual plea deal - which included buckets of fried chicken, pizza and lasagna - because it saved the expense of a trial and possible appeals. A murder trial could have cost the county about $4,000, officials said.
Durham's insatiable need for greasy food - which included gorging on KFC and Popeye's chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, carrot cake, along with a pizza, two calzones, lasagna and ice cream - cost Oregon taxpayers only $41.70. Bergstrom signed off on the deal, and the killer downed the food in two sittings - the first a few weeks ago, and the second on Wednesday. [...]
Don Hons, 32, a friend of Calbreath's who attended the sentencing, said Durham deserved no favors - but told The Oregonian newspaper he was glad the judge made the food deal in order to get the killer locked up.
"If a couple buckets of chicken are going to help to get a conviction, then get some biscuits to go with it," he said.