Weeks sentenced to life for correctional officer's murder

<p>Joshua Charles Weeks</p>

Joshua Charles Weeks

A man convicted of killing a Umatilla County corrections officer in November 2011 is sentenced today to life in prison.

In April, 23-year-old Joshua Weeks pleaded guilty to aggravated murder as part of a plea deal which took the death penalty off the table.

Weeks viciously stabbed Corrections Officer Buddy Herron who was on his way to work and had stopped to aid Weeks, whose car was stuck on the road.  Weeks attempted to steal Herron's vehicle and stabbed Herron multiple times leaving him to die on Highway 11 near Pendleton.  Weeks then took Herron's vehicle, eluded officers and stopped only after he rolled the stolen vehicle.

Prior to murdering Herron, Weeks had committed a string of thefts, burglaries, and robberies in both Portland and Pendleton.