Update on Thursday, Feb. 20:
The couple from Portland who pleaded guilty of killing 21-year-old Lane Community College student Alex Oyombe Gradin in the parking lot behind Taylor’s Bar & Grill were sentenced to prison as part of a plea deal Thursday morning.
First reported by The Register-Guard, Regis Kindred, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Feb. 12, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years. His wife Kailee Von Foster was sentenced to 75 months after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
Editor's note: This story was updated Friday night to correct the minimum sentence for second-degree manslaughter. It is 75 months. It was also updated to correct the last name Von Foster in one reference. This story was updated Sunday afternoon to correct the sequence of events leading up to Gradin’s death. Gradin was in no way associated with gang violence or the individuals who pled guilty. A previous version of this story misquoted Hall. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information.
A Portland couple pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the shooting of 21-year-old Lane Community College student Alex Oyombe Gradin. Gradin was shot in the University of Oregon parking lot behind Taylor’s Bar and Grill in May 2019.
Regis Deray Kindred, 30, and his wife, Kailee Von Foster were both arrested in August in connection with the shooting. Kindred was charged with second-degree murder, while Foster was charged with second-degree manslaughter.
The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. According to the Lane County District Attorney’s senior prosecutor Jay D. Hall, Kindred is expected to serve a 25-year sentence minimum before he is eligible for parole. Von Foster will likely serve a minimum sentence of 75 months for second-degree manslaughter.
Hall said evidence showed that Kindred pursued someone he believed to be part of a rival gang. Kindred and Von Foster tailed the vehicle until they lost it, later finding it in the parking lot behind Taylor’s Bar and Grill.
“After a quick trip to their nearby apartment so Kindred could change into less conspicuous clothing, Von Foster drove them back to the parking lot behind Taylor’s,” Hall said in an email. The two then parked next to the target vehicle and waited for their target to emerge.
There, they mistook Gradin for the person they had been tailing. Gradin was in no way affiliated with the vehicle or gang violence, and had never met Kindred or Von Foster before.
“Alex Gradin had been a high-school football star and terrific student-athlete from Tigard, Oregon,” Hall said. “He had been enrolled as a student at Lane Community College, and the friends he was with that night were University of Oregon students.”