Man gets 25 years to life for killing ex-fiancee with a baseball bat

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Springfield man who killed his ex-fiancee with an aluminum baseball bat as she slept will spend 25 years to life behind bars for her murder.

A judge Friday sentenced Robert Cromwell (at right) to life in prison with a chance for parole after 25 years for the November 2013 murder of Casey Wright.

A jury found Cromwell guilty Tuesday of murdering Wright last year, just weeks after she broke off their engagement.

Defense Attorney John Volmert had urged jurors to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter, saying the defendant suffered an extreme emotional disturbance after finding Wright had been texting other men.

Jurors were asked to consider whether Cromwell's reaction to the discovery was typical under the circumstances.

"When an extremely disturbance engulfs you and sweeps over you and sweeps you away, how is an ordinary person going to act? Well it's hard to say," said Volmert.

"Why aren't 50 percent of people who are wronged in, or feel they're wronged in a relationship killing?" prosecutor Erik Hasselman responded.

This is a developing story.