WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — A man has been sentenced for the murder of a 35-year-old man last year in Walla Walla. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports Colby Hedman was sentenced this week to 27 ½ years in prison for the premeditated murder last July of Whitman College employee Kyle Martz. Hedman pleaded guilty in May to first-degree murder. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of vehicle theft charge. Hedman told police he struck Martz with an ax multiple times at Martz’s house before stealing his car and fleeing to Oregon, where he was arrested near Baker City after trying to elude police the same day.