An oversight has sent convicted murderer Charlotte Weivoda back to Umatilla County for resentencing.
In April 2008, a jury convicted Weivoda, now 55, of two counts of aggravated murder and one count of murder in the death of her brother, Delbert Westfall, in 1985. It took investigators 20 years to bring the case to light. During the trial, prosecutors showed Weivoda carried out a murder-for-hire scheme that resulted in three people teaming up to slay her brother.
On June 17, 2008, Circuit Court Judge Garry Reynolds, now retired, sentenced Weivoda to two life sentences with a minimum of 30 years.
Last September, the Oregon Court of Appeals found at the time of sentencing, the court merged the conviction for murder with one conviction for aggravated murder, but it did not merge the two convictions for aggravated murder.
In the ruling, the Court of Appeals noted, Although defendant did not object, failure to merge the two aggravated murder convictions was plain error that we exercise our discretion to review.
Today, a Umatilla County Circuit Court judge will correct that error.