Benton County Circuit Court sentenced on Wednesday a 51-year-old man to six years and three months in prison for actions leading to the death of a 35-year-old woman in January, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Charles Lynn Golliher, a transient from Albany, dropped off a dead woman at Albany General Hospital’s emergency room in the late afternoon on Jan. 21, BCSO reported. The woman was later identified as Candi Marie Libke.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the hospital and learned that Golliher had dropped off the woman by private vehicle. They later determined that the death was related to an incident that occurred at Fort Hoskins Historical Park, which is located in rural Benton County about 12 miles northwest of Philomath.
BCSO reported that Libke had the appearance of being assaulted with black eyes and facial trauma. Golliher was initially arrested on suspicion of assault and strangulation.
According to interviews conducted by BCSO with Golliher, the two were living in his truck at the time and regularly parked near Hoskins Road. Golliher claimed Libke’s injuries were due to a fall in the bathroom at the park.
BCSO said evidence showed that Golliher had injuries to his hand and witness reports stated Golliher was known to have physically assaulted Libke on multiple occasions.
Golliher was convicted of two counts of fourth-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter and coercion.
BCSO offered its thanks to the Albany Police Department, Corvallis Police Department and Oregon State Police Crime Lab for their assistance in the case.