Ronald “Ron” Lee found guilty of Murder, sentenced to life in prison

By on Friday, August 5th, 2022 in Featured Stories Northeastern Oregon News


Posted August 5, 2022

Ronald “Ron” Lee was sentenced to life in prison this morning in a Union County Courtroom.  Lee was found guilty yesterday of Murder in the 2nd Degree for the murder of Loretta A. Williams of Cove.  Lee was arrested for the murder in 2019.

During the sentencing, two individuals made victim statements on behalf of the family of Loretta Williams. One of those statements includes notes saying that before her death, “She [Williams] was excited about her new life without Ron Lee.  Also noting “we beg you give Ron Lee the maximum sentence for murder.  He has no value in this world, may he rot in hell.”

A second victim statement thanks the court, law enforcement, etc. for finding justice for Williams.

Lee’s attorney spoke saying “The jury got it wrong.”

When asked if Lee had anything to say he simply said, “I don’t have a speech.”

After those who wished to speak were finished, Lee’s sentence was given.  The sentence is life in prison with a minimum of 25 years without the possibility of parole. 

Additional information on this case is expected to be released from the District Attorney’s Office.

Posted August 4, 2022

The trial for Ronald “Ron” Lee came to an end yesterday afternoon in Union County.  Lee, who was arrested in 2019 for the murder of Loretta A. Williams of Cove was found guilty of Murder in the 2nd degree by a jury. Sentencing for Lee will be held this morning. 

Below is the original release issued by the Union County Sheriff’s Office after the arrest of Ronald Lee along with the photo of his arrest. 

“On 2/21/19 at 0919 hrs, the North East Oregon Regional SWAT Team arrested Ronald D. Lee (DOB 09/25/47) on a Union County arrest warrant following a Grand Jury Indictment for Murder. The charge stems from the death of Loretta A. Williams (DOB 01/27/56), which occurred in the early morning hours of November 17, 2018 at her residence in Cove.

The indictment was issued by a Union County Grand Jury after a lengthy investigation by the Union County Major Crimes Team. The Major Crimes Team consists of members from the Union County Sheriffs Office, the La Grande Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the Union County District Attorney’s Office. Detective Jason McKaig of the Union County Sheriffs Office and Detective Mike Harris of the La Grande Police Department are the lead Detectives in the case.

We appreciate the support and cooperation of Loretta’s family and the community at large during this complex and taxing investigation. The case remains under investigation”