Man sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Spencer Thomas Johnson was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 for shooting and killing his girlfriend in 2016. (Photo: Multnomah County Jail).

A man who shot and killed his girlfriend in 2016 was sentenced to 18 years in prison, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Police found the body of Cory Jonell Lumber, 48, inside the Misty Firs Apartments on Southeast 122nd Avenue Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Spencer T. Johnson, 39, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter with a firearm constituting domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon constituting domestic violence on Jan. 9.

He lived with Lumber when he shot her, and police said he called 911. Officers arrested him the same day at the couple’s apartment.

According to the DA’s office, the night before she was found dead, Lumber and Johnson got into a fight. Witnesses heard sounds of a scuffle and then what sounded like fireworks. Those sounds were later determined to be gunshots.


The DA’s office said Lumber’s sister, Deann Ruth-Lumber, told the court Wednesday that her sister was a good and caring person.

“She would, when she could, go out of her way to help a friend in need. Cory always considered you her friend,” Ruth-Lumber said.

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