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Lukah Chang Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Murder, Attempted Murder

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Lukah Chang, 23, changed his plea in court on Wednesday. Lukah Chang, 23, changed his plea in court on Wednesday.

PENDLETON, OR - A man who admitted to murder will spend 35 years in prison.

Lukah Chang, 23, changed his plea in court on Wednesday. He admitted to stabbing Amy Brandhagen to death at a Pendleton Travel Lodge in August of 2012. He also admitted to attempting to murder Karen Lange along the Umatilla River Parkway in August of 2013.

"He is ready to face the music." said Chang's lawyer, Kent Fisher.

 A Umatilla County judge sentenced Chang to 25 years in prison for murder and 10 years for attempted murder, to be served consecutively. He will not be eligible for parole until he is 58.

"There's no way this sentence makes up for the loss to this community, but you have 35 years to think," said Judge Lynn Hampton after she handed down the sentence.

Chang chose not to give a statement in court.

Chang had been living as a transient in Pendleton. He was originally from Morgantown, N.C., but had been in the Marine Corps for four years. In 2012 he left Camp Pendleton, a Marine base in southern California, and left on a bus. He ran out of money in eastern Oregon.

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