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Nampa woman sentenced for beating roommate to death

Posted at 1:11 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 15:11:55-05

A Nampa woman was sentenced to life in prison –- with 25 years fixed -– for killing her roommate at a treatment center/halfway house two years ago.

Kayla Teton, 26, was sentenced by the Judge Christopher Nye on a first-degree murder charge.  Nye also ordered Teton to pay $5,000 to the Crime Victim Services fund as well as court costs.    

Nampa Police officers arrested Teton in October, 2015, after they say she killed her roommate while staying at the Port of Hope, a treatment center/halfway house for those with mental health and substance abuse issues. 
Teton was staying at the facility on federal supervised release at the time of the incident. 

According to police, Teton removed a metal pipe from a nearby bathroom sink and used it to hit her roommate repeatedly in the head -- before a staff member walked in and caught her. Reports say Teton then dropped the pipe and left the facility.

“When officers arrived, they found the victim unresponsive in her bed and the metal pipe on the ground. The victim had extensive head trauma and, when paramedics arrived a short time later, they were unable to locate a pulse. Teton was arrested a few hours later at a nearby location without incident,” according to Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker.  

During sentencing, Deputy Canyon County Prosecutor Matt Bever read Teton’s version of events from the presentence report, which stated, “I got a metal pipe and hit [the victim] in her head over and over.  The reason why I killed [her] was because at the time I was upset and I took my anger out on [her].”