Man Confesses Murder for Bucket of Chicken
GUN killer Tremayne Durham gave up his right to trial – for a bucket of fried chicken.
Durham, 33, had been preparing to go to trial for murdering a man over a business deal worth pounds 9000.
But after two years in a US county jail on prison food, he agreed to admit his guilt in return for two junkfood feasts.
Durham, from New York, got the first – a mix of food from KFC and rival food chain Popeyes, including chicken, potatoes, coleslaw, cake and ice cream – when he signed his plea deal.
After he was told he must serve at least 30 years before parole, he tucked into his second course.
Durham, a convicted rapist who could have faced the death penalty if he’d been found guilty at a trial, this time had pizza, lasagne and ice cream, according to his lawyer Richard Wolf.
Durham also got married on Wednesday at the courthouse in Portland, Oregon, before his sentencing.
His bride Vanessa Davis, 48, is on parole for witness tampering in the case.
Wolf described the civil ceremony as “bitter-sweet”.
Prosecutor Josh Lamborn said he did not advocate chicken-dinner deals.
But he applauded Judge Eric Bergstrom’s decision to allow the deal in the case of Durham, who also gave up his right to appeal.
The killer travelled across America to seek revenge when he tried to back out of a deal to buy an ice-cream van from an Oregon firm and they refused to return his money.
He killed Adam Calbreath, a former employee of the company, while looking for the owner, Rob Chambers.
Don Hons, a friend of Adam, said he was glad that the judge made the deal to ensure Durham was locked up for life.
He added: “If a couple of buckets of chicken are going to help to get a conviction, get some biscuits to go with it.”