Lakewood man gets five years in death of roommate

Staff writerApril 17, 2014 

A Lakewood man who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of his roommate was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Pierce County prosecutors contended Lester Mathison, 63, inflicted fatal injuries on Kimberly Legacy in a motel room in August 2012.

Mathison, who admitted head-butting, kicking and punching Legacy during a fight, was charged with first-degree assault shortly after the incident.

Prosecutors upgraded that charge to second-degree murder last year when Legacy, 42, died of her injuries.

Mathison then reached a deal in which he agreed to plead guilty to the manslaughter charge instead of going to trial.

Judge Bryan Chushcoff handed down the sentence.

Legacy and Mathison began sharing rooms in 2012, often staying in local motels, court records show.

On Aug. 1, 2012, Mathison called Legacy’s mother to say he couldn’t wake Legacy. The woman went to a motel where she found her daughter unconscious on the floor.

She and Mathison called 911, and Legacy was taken to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with a severe head injury from which she never recovered.


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