Portland killer of three gets life sentence

Portland killer of three gets life sentence

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Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 18 at 3:13 AM

PORTLAND -- A convicted sex offender was sentenced to life without parole in connection with two Portland murders in the 1970s and one in 1993, a Multnomah County judge ruled Friday.

Jeffrey Paul Cutlip, 63, was living in Brownsville, Texas when he called police in July, 2012 to confess his involvement in two murders. He was arrested and extradited to Portland the following month.

Less than two weeks later he was indicted in connection with a third death.

The family of victims came face to face with Cutlip in court Friday.

Bruce Bennett, (pictured below) brother of Julie Marie Bennett, who was killed when she was only 15, said his family had suffered in uncertainty for decades.

"My family and I have mourned and missed Julie for 36 years," Bennett said in court. "Although we were told her death was accidental, we've long suspected this creature, who's since been discovered to be a predator and a serial killer."

Bennett went on to call Cutlip an "evil and cowardly criminal."

"I honestly believe this child molester is a poster child for the death penalty," continued Bennett. "Countless lives would have been saved or significantly improved by having him gone a long time ago."

Background: '70s cold case murders linked to sex offender

Cutlip pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder and two counts of murder in the deaths 44-year-old Marlene Carlson in 1975, 15-year-old Julie Bennett in 1977 and 33-year-old Nielene Doll in 1993.

Judge Eric Bergstrom sentenced Cutlip to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

More: Family describes serial killer as 'normal kid'

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