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Man gets life for girlfriend's murder

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend during an argument in the bedroom of a Medford apartment.

Jesse Aaron Allen, 22, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a murder charge in Jackson County Circuit Court, admitting he fired four gunshots at Kaylynn Klosterman on the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2018, during an argument surrounding conversations with another man, according to a release issued by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Allen and Klosterman had been involved in an “on-again, off-again” relationship leading up to the shooting in the 3000 block of Arrowhead Drive, according to prosecutors.

Earlier the day of the shooting, Allen found indicators on Klosterman’s phone that she had been communicating with her male coworker, and an argument ensued. Klosterman left the apartment that morning, but returned so she could get ready for work.

At about 2:33 p.m. that day, Allen pulled a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol that he kept in a closet dresser.

Witnesses in the apartment complex reportedly heard two gunshots, followed moments later by two more shots, and the sound of Allen fleeing the scene.

After a manhunt lasting more than a day — during which Allen reportedly commented on news and social media reports about Klosterman’s death — Medford police arrested Allen at his mother’s home, according to prosecutors.

Allen reportedly showed Medford police detectives where he disposed of the murder weapon on a drive to Rogue River after the shooting, then provided a full confession.

Allen changed his plea to guilty Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court in front of Judge David Hoppe, calling off a trial that had been scheduled for less than three weeks from now. Hoppe sentenced Allen to life in prison, as mandated under Oregon’s Measure 11 law. Allen will not be eligible for parole until he serves at least 25 years.

In court, Allen reportedly apologized to the Klosterman’s family, while family members spoke about their love for Klosterman.

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