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Man who killed barber-DJ gets life sentence

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The man who admitted to killing 37-year-old Jacob Shroyer in a random stabbing in Old Town last May was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. 

Michael Williams, 34, pleaded guilty and must serve 30 years before he can apply for parole, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said. 

Shroyer died on May 16, a week after the attack in the lobby of the Pacific Tower Apartments. According to court documents, surveillance video shows Shroyer running to the front door, where a small foyer separated 2 sets of glass doors. Shroyer tried to close the outer door, but Williams was able to reach in an open it.

Shroyer suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest after the roughly 2-minute attack. He was able to get into the secured lobby and call for help before collapsing.

Shroyer grew up in Albuquerque but moved to Portland in 2007 where he was a barber at Bishops and a DJ at CC Slaughters Club, according to his obituary. 

He was remembered at the sentencing by his aunt, Frances Candelaria:

“I want you (defendant Williams) to know what a wonderful, happy and loving person you took away from this family. Jacob did not have an easy life growing up since he had no father figure. But from the love of his mother, his brother Ben and his entire family he grew up in a very loving home and he became the most precious man. You have no idea how much you have hurt us, how much we have cried ourselves to sleep and how many times we scream Jacob’s name hoping to bring him back. Our family is broken and we will never be the same. Now that you will be locked up, you will not be able to hurt anyone else.”

Another aunt, Juanita, spoke on behalf of Shroyer's mother, who could not attend the sentencing. 

"Now you cannot run away like the night you attacked Jacob," she said. "You caused him to suffer for 8 agonizing days and nights in ICU trauma. I will not let you destroy me too. I have hope and patience to see Jacob again in the spiritual realm. Hopefully you will realize one day that taking another person's life is wrong and nobody has that right but God the Almighty in heaven."

District Attorney Melissa Marrero called the murder a crime that shocked the entire community.

"We may never know why Michael Williams committed this random, unprovoked and heinous crime tht took the like of Jacob Shroyer," she said. "What we do know is that Jacob came from a remarkably loving and caring family. They have shown incredible strength and grace during this unimaginable time.”


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