Linn County man sentenced to life in prison for killing mother

Authorities arriving to the scene found the son with a knife in his hand, and he spit blood in the face of a deputy.

Posted: Aug 20, 2021 4:28 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2021 4:30 PM

LEBANON, Ore. – A man who killed his mother in Lebanon last year has been sentenced to life in prison.

Kris Fiala, 55, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Gladys Fiala, 85. He also pleaded no contest to aggravated harassment for spitting blood in the face of a responding deputy.


Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the home on Old Mill Road outside Lebanon at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2020. Dispatch had received a hang-up call from the home, and when dispatchers called back, a man answered and they heard someone in the background yelling for help.

Deputies responding to the scene found Fiala with a knife in his hand and found Gladys dead.

On top of the life sentence – with the possibility of parole – for the murder charge, Fiala was also sentenced to 2.5 years for the aggravated harassment charge.

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