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Brian John Ellis receives 22 year prison sentence following child sexual abuse investigation - 08/17/18

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AUGUST 17, 2018

Brian John Ellis receives 22 year prison sentence following child sexual abuse investigation

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 48-year-old Brian John Ellis received a 22 year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to sodomy in the first degree, attempted sodomy in the first degree and encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree.

This investigation revealed that Ellis forced a very young child to perform sex acts on multiple occasions, while filming that illicit conduct. 

Furthermore, upon executing a search warrant, law enforcement found more than 5,000 files of child pornography, consisting of video and still images, on the defendant’s phone.

This case was investigated by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Multi-disciplinary Child Abuse Team (MDT).

“The effects of child sexual abuse can be long lasting,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Amber Kinney, who prosecuted this case. “As a community, we have a duty to protect children. We must do everything possible to look after the most vulnerable victims who cannot advocate for themselves, let alone protect themselves, because of their young age.”

The District Attorney’s MDT unit is responsible for reviewing and coordinating all child abuse and neglect cases in Multnomah County. MDT is part of a team comprised of representatives from law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division.

The MDT unit handles child homicides, felony child physical abuse cases, felony child abandonment cases, felony sex crimes where the victim is currently under the age of 18 and where the offender is considered a family member.

If you know of a child who is in immediate danger of being abuse or neglected, please call 9-1-1. Additional tips can be submitted to the Oregon Department of Human Services at any time by calling 1-800-509-5439.

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Attached Media Files: PR-17-86-Brian_John_Ellis.pdf
Guilty verdict returned in Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Project trial - 08/17/18

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AUGUST 17, 2018

Guilty verdict returned in Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Project trial

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 62-year-old Steven Guy Tubbs was convicted of two counts of rape in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree stemming from an incident that occurred in December 2010 at his residence.                                                                        

This trial started on August 13th and concluded August 16th, 2018.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David F. Rees presided over the trial and announced his verdict on August 17th.

At trial, the State presented evidence that showed on December 1, 2010, the victim, who was 25 years old at the time, attended a late night party with acquaintances at Tubbs’ residence. At the time of the incident, Tubbs was 55 years old.

Evidence presented at trial showed intoxicants were present at Tubbs’ residence and that the victim consumed those intoxicants.

"A person needs to be able to give consent to sexual activity," Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Amity Girt said during closing arguments. "The law recognizes that there are situations where somebody can’t consent because of their age or their condition - whether it was a condition they brought upon themselves or whether it was a condition they were born with. …Regardless, the law does protect those individuals."

Girt added, “[Steven Tubbs] was with her the entire night. ...He knew everything that she was up to and he would have known that she was in no shape to consent to sexual activity."

Evidence presented at trial showed that at some point late in the evening of December 1st, or in the early morning hours of December 2nd, the victim became so intoxicated that she needed to sleep. When the victim woke up the next morning, she was on the defendant’s bed and was told by the defendant that he had engaged in sexual contact with her.

"This is not a case about whether or not (the victim) meant to give consent or gave actual consent, it's that she couldn't give consent because she was either mentally incapacitated or physically helpless,” Girt said in court. “She was unconscious and physically unable to communicate her willingness to act, and that is the definition of physically helpless."

During the trial, the State presented evidence that showed the victim made a report to medical professionals and law enforcement on December 2, 2010.

The case was assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit in September 2011, but was later suspended because some witnesses were not available.  

In 2015, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office sought, and was awarded, a grant from the District Attorney’s Office of New York (“DANY Grant”) to test previously untested sexual assault kits.

The victim’s sexual assault kit was one of those submitted to a private lab in Utah for testing under the DANY Grant. After receiving the results from the Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory in 2016, the Portland Police Bureau’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) team re-opened the investigation.

Judge Rees acquitted Tubbs of two counts of sodomy in the first degree.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) workgroup continues to advocate and investigate cases from previously untested SAFE kits. 

“We hope the bravery and determination of this survivor empowers other victims of sexual assault,” said Portland Police Bureau Detective Sgt. Molly Daul, a supervisor with the PPB SAKI team.

Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday August 22, 2018 at 9 a.m. before Judge Rees.

Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Project

In 2015, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, along with the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory initiated a project to process thousands of untested SAFE kits in Multnomah, Marion and Lane counties.

District Attorney Underhill and others quickly identified funding from the New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) and worked with the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit after PPB received a grant from U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant Program.

DANY awarded the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office a total of $1,995,453 in September 2015. Using those funds, a coordinated effort involving local law enforcement and the Oregon State Police was launched to send SAFE kits, dated 2014 or older from Multnomah, Lane and Marion counties, to the private lab in Utah for testing.

In early 2018, an additional 302 SAFE kits from 13 other Oregon counties were sent to the lab using funds from the DANY grant. In total, nearly 3,000 SAFE kits from Oregon were sent to be tested.

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Attached Media Files: PR-17-87-Steven_Guy_Tubbs.pdf
Andrew McMahon pleads guilty to his role in the death of Alexander Brodigan - 08/16/18

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AUGUST 16, 2018

Andrew McMahon pleads guilty to his role in the death of Alexander Brodigan

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 22-year-old Andrew McMahon pleaded guilty to one count each of manslaughter in the first degree and attempted robbery in the first degree.

McMahon will start serving a five year prison sentence on the attempted robbery in the first degree conviction and will be sentenced on the manslaughter in the first degree charge at a later date.

At Thursday’s hearing before Judge Eric J. Bergstrom, it was stated on the record that if McMahon adheres to his plea agreement he will receive a 10 year prison sentence on the manslaughter in the first degree conviction for a total sentence of 15 years in prison.

According to previously filed court documents, officers assigned to the Gresham Police Department responded to North Gresham Elementary school on June 19, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m. on reports of shots heard in the area. Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle that had crashed into the school. Inside the vehicle police located the body of 24-year-old Alexander Brodigan.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Brodigan died of a gunshot wound, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Law enforcement conducted a search of the area, which ultimately resulted in police identifying witnesses and potential persons of interest in this homicide, which included Austin Brown, 21, and McMahon.

Brown is charged with one count each of aggravated murder, murder and robbery in the first degree. Pre-trial motions in Brown’s case are scheduled to occur over a three day period in late October.

No additional information on this homicide investigation can be released at this time.

The cases involving McMahon and Brown are being prosecuted by Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Tom Cleary and Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson.

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Attached Media Files: PR-17-85-Andrew_McMahon.pdf
Portland man receives 10 year prison sentence for sex trafficking 13 year old femaleĀ  - 08/14/18

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AUGUST 14, 2018

Portland man receives 10 year prison sentence for sex trafficking 13 year old female 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Tracy Scott Walls, 55, pleaded no contest to one count of compelling prostitution and one count of promoting prostitution.  

According to previously filed court documents, in July 2016, Walls was the sex trafficker of a 13 year old female. Furthermore, he gave the minor methamphetamine to control her, and on multiple occasions engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with her. The defendant met the vulnerable victim on the streets, took her to meet his parents, rented a motel room for her to stay with him and negotiated with sex buyers so they could engage in illegal sexual contact with the minor. One such instance occurred in a car, and there was an exchange of money. The victim was not allowed to leave while being trafficked. She reported seeing Walls with a gun, which increased her fear of being seriously injured if she fled.

Tuesday’s plea and sentencing was heavily negotiated and included multiple judicial settlement conferences with the Court.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth R. Walker, who presided over the hearing, called the settlement a “reasonable resolution” and told Walls, “I hope that this is the final wake-up call for you.”

The victim in the case was made aware of the plea negotiations. She is supportive of Tuesday’s judgement.

Walls will have to register as a sex offender. Upon his release from prison, he will serve three years of post-prison supervision.

This case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau’s Human Trafficking Unit in close collaboration with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team. Senior Deputy District Attorney J.R. Ujifusa prosecuted the case.

The Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office want to remind the community that human trafficking is not a victimless crime. Victims of sex trafficking are forced, coerced, and manipulated into this lifestyle against their will. They are forced to suffer through physical, sexual, and mental abuse.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team works to protect victims utilizing a three-prong approach: (1) aggressively prosecuting those who traffic victims to sex buyers; (2) reducing demand for exploitation in all forms to include a dedicated focus on a reduction of sex buyers; and (3) ensuring adequate protection and support for victims of human trafficking.

To learn more about the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team, please click here.

If you are, or know of, a child or adult victim of human sex trafficking and need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1.

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-17-83-Tracy_Scott_Walls.pdf
Gary Wayne Streeter-Hillerich receives 20 year prison sentence for 'horrific' attack in SE Portland - 08/10/18

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AUGUST 10, 2018

Gary Wayne Streeter-Hillerich receives 20 year prison sentence for ‘horrific’ attack in SE Portland

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Gary Wayne Streeter-Hillerich, 21, received a 20 year prison sentence for randomly kidnapping and raping a woman in Southeast Portland in October 2017.

"The state's view on this 20 year [prison] sentence reflects the horrific nature of this case,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson, who prosecuted the case.

On October 15, 2017, Portland Police responded to the area of Southeast 7th Avenue and Southeast Grand Street and located a woman who reported she had been kidnapped, violently assaulted, raped and robbed by a man she did not know.

The investigation revealed the woman boarded a TriMet bus in downtown Portland in the evening hours. The bus travelled into inner Southeast Portland. A man, later identified as Streeter-Hillerich, exited the bus simultaneously with the woman. The defendant followed her as she walked down Southeast Grand Street.

Streeter-Hillerich brutally grabbed the woman by her mouth and throat and pushed her against a concrete wall. He pushed her into a bushy area and hit her head against the wall multiple times after she said she didn’t have any money. Streeter-Hillerich threatened to stab the woman if she yelled for help.  

"Following the rape, he went through her purse, took her phone and said ‘Wait here for five minutes. Don’t call the police because if you do, I'll hurt you,’” Jackson said in court at the time of sentencing. “Shortly thereafter, she emerged from the bushes, disheveled, debris in her hair, and completely traumatized."

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit were assigned and launched an immediate investigation. Surveillance video from the TriMet bus was obtained. An image of the suspect was distributed to law enforcement. Multnomah County Parole and Probation Officers immediately recognized the suspect as being Streeter-Hillerich and contacted PPB detectives.

Forensic testing conducted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab confirmed Streeter-Hillerich’s DNA was present on the victim in multiple locations.

Streeter-Hillerich was apprehended, without incident, on November 2, 2017.

"This case presents what can be described as a worst nightmare situation,” Jackson said at sentencing.

Streeter-Hillerich will have to register as a sex offender and upon his release from prison, be on 11.5 years of post-prison supervision.

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Paris McConville receives 18 year prison sentence for killing Ryan Thompson (Photo) - 08/09/18

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AUGUST 9, 2018

Paris McConville receives 18 year prison sentence for killing Ryan Thompson

Late today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 35-year-old Paris McConville pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Ryan Thompson’s family remembered him as a kind person who had an enormous interest in jewelry, old cars and classic films.

"Ryan was a kind, sensitive, and exceedingly intelligent, private person with a huge and caring heart,” Mr. Thompson’s sister, Cecily Thompson-Thiel said in court. “He was a good big brother. He and I will never have the chance to grow old together. I will never get to meet the man he would have become. … In the end, he lost his life because he trusted the wrong person.”

Mr. Thompson’s father provided the Court with art and writing samples that Thompson had previously created.

Sarah Tinch, Mr. Thompson’s cousin, remembered him for his humor and ability to make others laugh.

“Laughing with Ryan always brought me back to the best places of my childhood,” Tinch said at sentencing.

This investigation began on August 22, 2017 when McConville entered the lobby of the Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct, located at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue, to report she had killed someone. Central Precinct patrol officers and detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail responded to Mr. Thompson’s apartment complex in the 700 block of Southwest St. Claire Avenue to conduct a welfare check. Upon entering the apartment, the body of Mr. Thompson was found.

Detectives have since learned that on August 21, 2017, McConville and Mr. Thompson got into an argument, which turned physical. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of death to be strangulation and the manner of death homicide. Thompson, as noted in the autopsy report, had a blunt force injury to the back of his head and a stab wound on his arm.

During this investigation, detectives learned McConville and Mr. Thompson had known each other for approximately 10 years.

At no point during the investigation was a clear motive for the killing developed. However, there is evidence to suggest McConville suffers from mental health illness.

At the time of sentencing, McConville address the court and briefly apologized.

Judge Gregory Silver, upon sentencing McConville said, “No words can explain what happened. The depth of this tragedy and the effect that it has left on the people behind cannot be overstated.”


Domestic violence can include physical violence, verbal attacks, psychological manipulation, sexual abuse, financial abuse, or other forms of control by a partner or family member. If you need assistance, contact “Call to Safety” at 503-235-5333 or toll-free at 1-888-235-5333 if you are not experiencing an emergency, but need to talk to someone immediately.

Domestic and sexual violence can take many forms and affect all kinds of people. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants you to know that you are not at fault for any of the abuse you may have experienced, and that there are people who can help.

The Gateway Center is an in person resource location that operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. No appointments are necessary. At the Gateway Center, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is located on-site to provide consultation and help so that participants understand the court processes. They also help provide options if a participant chooses to prosecute their abuser.

The Victims' Assistance Program for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults, domestic violence and other crimes and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3222.

For emergency response, contact 9-1-1.

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Grand jury hands down 31-count indictment against Portland man following PPB child sex crimes investigation - 08/09/18

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AUGUST 9, 2018

Grand jury hands down 31-count indictment against Portland man following PPB child sex crimes investigation

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a secret indictment filed against 52-year-old Randy Shefstad was unsealed.

The 31-count indictment, which was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on August 7, 2018, alleges three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, six counts of luring a minor, 17 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree, four counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree and one count of encouraging sexual abuse of an animal.

On August 8, 2018, detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Child Abuse Team apprehended the defendant, without incident, pursuant to an arrest warrant approved by Multnomah County Chief Criminal Judge Cheryl Albrecht following the grand jury’s true bill decision.

Following the arrest, the defendant was lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center and later appeared by video in Multnomah County Circuit Court for his arraignment before Judge Thomas M. Ryan.

The indictment alleges the defendant used graphic and sexually charged language to electronically communicate with four separate minor victims – in four different states – in 2017 and 2018 for the purposes of sexual gratification. It is further alleged in the indictment that Shefstad sent several videos and photos of himself engaging in sex acts to the underage victims. The indictment also alleges that Shefstad made multiple requests, and received, images of the minor victims in various stages of undress, to include images of nudity.

According to a search warrant filed in this case, which has been unsealed by the Court, this criminal investigation began on October 10, 2017 when the parents of one of the victims discovered sexually explicit content on their child’s phone. The parents reported that information to law enforcement in Texas. Once it was discovered this case had an Oregon nexus, law enforcement in Texas used the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program to alert the Portland Police Bureau’s Child Abuse Team.

All of the victims associated with this case were between the ages of 10-12 years old and lived in separate states outside of Oregon at the time of the alleged offenses. Furthermore, the search warrant affidavit filed in this case states the defendant used various digital devices to communicate online with at least one victim who is autistic.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is part of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of representatives from law enforcement, public schools, hospitals, courts, health departments, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and the Oregon Department of Employment Child Care Division who work collaboratively to identify and aggressively investigate and prosecute cases of child abuse and neglect.

The Victims' Assistance Program for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults, domestic violence and other crimes and referrals to victim services and resources. They can be contacted by calling 503-988-3222.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: PR-17-79-Randy_Shefstad.pdf
Steven Davila receives prison sentence following a sex and drug crimes investigation - 08/03/18

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AUGUST 3, 2018

Steven Davila receives prison sentence following a sex and drug crimes investigation

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Steven Davila, 39, received a prison sentence following his conviction on sex and drug crimes that involved a minor.

On July 20, Davila appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth R. Walker and pleaded guilty to one count of purchasing sex from a minor, one count of sodomy in the third degree and two counts of delivering a controlled substance to a minor.

At the change of plea hearing, the victim had Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney J.R. Ujifusa, who prosecuted this case, read a statement to the court.

“We all know what this person has done…He tore my little sister and I apart so we could be alone and afraid. But I am proof that I am not afraid anymore. … (The) defendant deserves to serve the longest amount (of time possible) due to his crimes. … If I am able to keep him off the streets, if I am able to get one more terrible person out of someone’s house, I’m going to take that chance. I can sleep at night knowing I’m safe.”

The victim’s statement also talked about the emotional scars she and her family have endured. 

“…there is no time in this world that can be given (to the defendant) that can make up for the damage that was done,” the letter states.

As part of his plea, the defendant admitted he knowingly engaged in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16. Additionally, Davila admitted that on two separate occasions, he provided the victim methamphetamine with the intent to engage in unlawful sexual contact.

On Friday, Judge Walker sentenced Davila to 40 months in prison. Davila will serve three years of post-prison supervision. Upon release, he will be on five years of probation. If he violates his probation, he could receive an additional prison sentence of 56-60 months. Davila will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and participate in any treatment that is ordered. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim, and must register as a sex offender.

“Our mission is to aggressively prosecute crimes against children and cases of human sex trafficking,” said Ujifusa. “These are among some of the most vulnerable victims in our community. Our office works closely with victim-based advocacy groups to ensure victims of sexual exploitation are able to get assistance re-entering the community.”  

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Attached Media Files: PR-18-71-Steven_Davila.pdf
Detective sergeant with Gresham Police Department pleads guilty to official misconduct - 08/03/18

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AUGUST 3, 2018

Detective sergeant with Gresham Police Department pleads guilty to official misconduct

 

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Robert Fay, a detective sergeant with the Gresham Police Department, was charged with official misconduct in the first degree.

Fay appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bergstrom and pleaded guilty to the offense and was immediately sentenced.

This investigation started when law enforcement learned Fay, while working as a police officer, accessed a drop-off box, which was located in the lobby of the Gresham Police Department. This container held prescription medication that members of the public had previously discarded.

At the request of the Gresham Police Department, the Oregon State Police (OSP) was assigned on April 19, 2018 to investigate. During the investigation, law enforcement was able to confirm that, while on-duty, Fay opened the prescription return box and removed contents.

When questioned about his actions, Fay told OSP that he had accessed the drop box four times, but only took controlled substances on two occasions, one being a placebo pill placed by OSP detectives during the investigation.

During the plea hearing, Fay admitted that by looking for prescription medication in the return box, while on-duty as a member of law enforcement, he committed an unauthorized exercise of his official duties.

Judge Bergstrom imposed a sentence of 18 months bench probation with the following conditions: complete all required drug treatment, perform 60 hours of community service and that Fay personally and permanently surrender his Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) police certification.

During sentencing, Judge Bergstrom said "Mr. Fay, I wish I could say this was a rare thing… I can’t tell you how many people probably just this week -- we've seen four people -- in court for various charges who were regular working people who got … prescribed medication, got addicted to that medication, got their prescriptions cut off and had to find a way to keep going and it just shows this can happen to anybody."

Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney J.R. Ujifusa, who prosecuted this case, said there was no evidence to suggest Fay accessed the secured property room at Gresham Police for the purposes of taking controlled substances.

Additionally, there is no evidence to suggest that Fay tampered with any evidence in the custody of the Gresham Police Department.  

Fay expressed remorse to the court, his family, the community and law enforcement during Friday’s sentencing. He previously retired from the Gresham Police Department.

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-17-77-Robert_Fay.pdf
Multnomah County District Attorney's Office press release on State v. Sophia Adler - 08/02/18

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AUGUST 2, 2018

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office press release on State v. Sophia Adler

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 33-year-old Sophia Adler pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from a shooting that occurred on May 21, 2018 at Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest Ash Street in Portland, Oregon.

The shooting resulted in the death of 28-year-old Gigi Pierce.

During today’s change of plea and sentencing hearing, Gigi was remembered by a family member as being very talented and as someone who had “so much potential.”

“For Sophia, we ask that you turn your life around -- that you get the help for your addiction that you have struggled with -- that you get the mental health treatment that you truly need and that you try with everything in the future...to be productive in society, to be clean and sober and to find a home and better yourself,” the family member told the court via conference call.

Adler was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on May 22 and charged with one count of murder and made her first court appearance that day.

A grand jury, consisting of seven members of the community, selected by the Court, convened over a period of three days and reviewed extensive evidence regarding the criminal investigation conducted by the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail.

At the request of Adler’s criminal defense attorney, she appeared before the grand jury. Under Oregon law, pursuant to ORS 132.320(12)(a), a defendant, in custody, and charged by way of a District Attorney’s Information, has a legal right to testify during a grand jury proceeding.

The grand jury returned an indictment that charged Adler with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and returned a not true bill on the murder charge.

“From the very early stages of this investigation, we knew this was not a hate crime,” said Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney J.R. Ujifusa, who prosecuted this case. “Ms. Adler and Gigi were friends. They had known each other for years. The question we needed to answer was whether this was a murder or a case of self-defense. The Portland Police Bureau conducted a meticulous investigation to answer that question. After reviewing all of the available evidence, and analyzing Oregon’s self-defense laws, the grand jury determined Ms. Adler should not be charged with murder.”

The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm resulted because the defendant did not have a Concealed Handgun License for the .45 caliber Hi-Point pistol hidden in her purse at the time of the shooting. The firearm was legally purchased.

“When Ms. Adler spoke with law enforcement about why she used deadly force, she told them that during a fight between her and Gigi, Gigi was less than a foot away and was holding a knife in her right hand when Gigi tried to stab her,” Ujifusa said. “Ms. Adler told police she was ‘scared’ when she saw the knife coming towards her face so she fired her pistol once while it was still inside her purse. After the shooting, Ms. Adler remained on scene, spoke with 9-1-1 dispatchers and was cooperative with law enforcement throughout the entire investigation.”

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Patrick W. Henry accepted Adler’s guilty plea on August 2 and sentenced her to 100 days in jail with credit for time served. Adler also received 24 months of formal probation, was ordered to undergo drug/alcohol and mental health evaluations and participate in any treatment as ordered. She will not be able to contact Gigi’s family, unless approved by her probation officer. Additionally, the gun used in this offense will be confiscated and destroyed.

“Gigi’s death had a profound impact on our community. It was clear to us that Gigi was loved by many, and that she will be missed by her family and friends. I hope with time and understanding, there will begin to be some sort of closure for those impacted by this terrible event,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill.

Copies of the police reports filed in this case are now considered publicly available and can be requested through the City of Portland’s Public Records Request Center using PPB Case No. 18-169551

 

 

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Attached Media Files: PR-17-76-Sophia_Adler.pdf
Taylor Kraig receives 10 year sentence for killing 2 year old boy in 2016 - 07/31/18

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JULY 31, 2018

Taylor Kraig receives 10 year sentence for killing 2 year old boy in 2016

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a mandatory 10 year prison sentence for 22-year-old Taylor Kraig who caused the death of two-year-old Zackariah Daugherty.

On July 13, 2018, the defendant appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Thomas M. Ryan and pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Zackariah Daugherty and determined his cause of death to be blunt force trauma and the manner of death to be homicide. As the case progressed, the District Attorney's Office received a new report from the medical examiner’s office, which included a change in the cause and manner of death. This report would have made it difficult for the State to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Kraig committed the indicted offenses of aggravated murder by abuse, aggravated felony murder, murder by abuse and felony murder had the case gone to trial. After receiving this new medical information, Mr. Kraig, through his defense attorneys, informed the District Attorney’s Office that he was committed to resolving this case through a plea that states he unlawfully and recklessly, by neglect, and/or maltreatment caused the death of Zackariah Daugherty. The District Attorney’s Office updated Zackariah Daugherty’s mother on the case developments, and she supported this resolution.

"At the time of his death, Zackariah’s mother was in a relationship with the defendant, Mr. Kraig,” Deputy District Attorney Amanda Nadell said in court on Tuesday. "On the day of his death, Mr. Kraig was the one responsible for caretaking of Zackariah while his mother was at work. We know from the investigation Mr. Kraig was the sole caretaker of Zackariah on the day of his death. At the time it became clear that [Zackariah] was in extreme medical distress, Mr. Kraig delayed seeking medical treatment for well over an hour before the child was ultimately brought to the hospital."

At Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Deputy District Attorney Nadell read a statement on behalf of Zackariah Daugherty’s mother, Amanda, who attended the hearing but was overcome with grief and requested the statement be read by DDA Nadell.

"Ever since the day I lost Zack, my life will never be the same,” the statement read.

Ms. Daugherty’s letter went on to state that she feels a piece of her is missing.

“I will never understand why he had to be taken from me… I know he lives on because I see pieces of him everywhere I go. I just wish he was actually here with me… Without my Zack, I will never be the same,” the statement concluded.

According to previously filed court documents, the traumatic injuries inflicted upon Zackariah Daugherty occurred on August 15, 2016 at a residence in the 600 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue in Portland.

Upon his arrival at Portland Adventist Hospital, Zackariah Daugherty was in cardiac arrest and life-saving measures were immediately performed by trained medical professionals. Staff at the hospital opined Zackariah Daugherty’s medical condition was caused by abuse and notified police.

When law enforcement arrived at the hospital, they observed and documented multiple bruises on Zackariah Daugherty including a large bruise to his left temple/forehead, blackening bruised eyes and nose, bruises on his legs, inner thighs and feet. Additional serious physical injuries were also noted by medical staff.

Zackariah Daugherty was subsequently transported to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and was admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Medical experts, including the Critical Care doctor at OHSU, opined the injuries to Zackariah Daugherty were not consistent with any type of fall.

"No length of prison sentence or no resolution will ever replace Zack or fill the void that has been created by his death... It's my hope that with the defendant taking accountability by entering a guilty plea to manslaughter in the first degree that that can provide some closure to Ms. Daugherty and allow her to heal and move forward,” Nadell said.

This case was investigated by Portland Police Detectives Mark Slater and Erik Kammerer, the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail and the Multnomah County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team.

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Murder indictment returned against Terry Hickman - 07/30/18

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JULY 30, 2018

Murder indictment returned against Terry Hickman

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a grand jury returned a true bill against 58-year-old Terry Hickman.

Hickman is charged with one count of murder following the death of 29-year-old Dallas Boyd that occurred between July 13 and July 19, 2018.

On July 20, two witnesses flagged down a Portland Police officer about information concerning a potential homicide, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Furthermore, the witnesses stated Hickman was a friend and said he came to their apartment earlier in the day. The witnesses said Hickman told them he had gotten into an argument with a woman inside his van and that he choked her until she stopped breathing.

During the investigation, police learned that on July 17, a van belonging to Hickman had been towed from a location in Multnomah County, according to the publically available probable cause affidavit. Investigators went to the tow lot and located the defendant’s van. Looking from the outside of the van, police could see Boyd’s body inside.

Court documents alleged an autopsy was performed on Boyd’s body, which revealed the cause of death to be manual strangulation. 

A copy of the indictment in case number 18CR48603, which was filed on July 30, is available by using the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on July 31, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the Multnomah County Justice Center before Judge Andrew M. Lavin.

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Antoinette Garrett receives 12 year prison sentence for killing Jerry Robinson - 07/30/18

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JULY 30, 2018

Antoinette Garrett receives 12 year prison sentence for killing Jerry Robinson

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced 34-year-old Antoinette Garrett pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in the first degree and that she received a 12 year prison sentence.

“This is a heartbreaking case,” Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Chuck Sparks, who prosecuted the case, said at the time of sentencing. “This very unfortunate incident was something that was very tragic… (Mr. Robinson’s) family has lost him, his mother has lost him and she is deeply pained.”

According to court documents previously filed in this case, this investigation started on November 2, 2016 when Garrett stabbed Jerry Robinson, 36, in the chest, which caused his death. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of death to be homicidal violence. At the time of his death, Mr. Robinson was not living with Garrett at her apartment.

During this investigation, it was determined Mr. Robinson and the defendant had been in a relationship for approximately eight years and had a child together.

Officers from the Portland Police Bureau initially responded to the apartment complex where Robinson was residing, in the 5500 block of Northeast 60th Avenue, after a concern neighbor reported a domestic disturbance between a male and female. Approximately, 40 minutes after the initial disturbance was reported, Garrett called 9-1-1 and requested an ambulance to her location because a man was unconscious and not breathing. Garrett reported the man, later identified as Robinson, was on the floor and that “somebody stabbed him.”

As part of Monday’s plea agreement, Garrett admitted she was the one who stabbed Robinson, which caused his death.

“In the criminal justice system, we need to find ways to resolve cases and the Constitution demands we resolve them in ways that are consistent with similar cases that have been resolved,” Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bergstrom told the Robinson family after accepting Garrett’s plea agreement. “Most cases like this are chaotic and unclear and only the people who were there can really say what happened and sometimes those people can’t… At the end of the day, it was a tremendous tragedy.”

Domestic violence can include physical violence, verbal attacks, psychological manipulation, sexual abuse, financial abuse, or other forms of control by a partner or family member. If you need assistance, contact “Call to Safety” at 503-235-5333 or toll-free at 1-888-235-5333 if you are not experiencing an emergency, but need to talk to someone immediately.

Domestic and sexual violence can take many forms and affect all kinds of people. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants you to know that you are not at fault for any of the abuse you may have experienced, and that there are people who can help.

The Gateway Center is an in person resource location that operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. No appointments are necessary. At the Gateway Center, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is located on-site to provide consultation and help so that participants understand the court processes. They also help provide options if a participant chooses to prosecute their abuser.

For emergency response, contact 9-1-1.


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'Porch Pirate' pleads no contest, will receive prison sentence for stealing packages - 07/25/18

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JULY 25, 2018

‘Porch Pirate’ pleads no contest, will receive prison sentence for stealing packages

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced Maksym Bonarov, 29, was convicted of three counts of felony computer crimes, two counts of theft in the first degree and one count of recklessly endangering another after pleading no contest following an investigation into packages being stolen in Multnomah County.

The defendant was a contract driver for a national online-based delivery service, as stated in court during today’s plea and sentencing before Judge Kenneth R. Walker.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer, who prosecuted this case, told the court Mr. Bonarov would steal packages from the front doorway of homes along his delivery routes.

Demer informed the court that Mr. Bonarov would then list the items inside those packages on a website that allows users to buy and sell items through its mobile app.

As stated in court on Wednesday, Mr. Bonarov was sentenced to three years of formal probation. He will appear before Judge Walker on December 4, 2018 at 9 a.m. and will be sentenced to 16 months of prison.

“He’s been extremely remorseful,” Demer said in court. “He was helpful to the police.”

Mr. Bonarov allowed police to recover packages from his house and search the app that he used during the commission of these crimes.

This case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Coordination Team, and they are supportive of the resolution.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office would like to offer the following tips to avoid having your packages stolen:

  • Utilize any tracking services your courier may provide
  • Request a signature be obtained on delivery   
  • If possible, ensure delivery when you or someone you trust will be available to accept the package
  • If possible, request that the package be held at a distribution center for later pick up
  • Request that packages be delivered to a place of employment, if permitted
  • Notify neighbors about any expected deliveries and request that they accept or pick up any left behind package
  • Purchase and install high quality surveillance video system for your home’s exterior
  • If living in an apartment or condominium, request packages not be left in a public corridor
  • Report any suspicious behavior or activity in your neighborhood  

 


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Man charged with kidnapping hotel housekeeper near Portland International Airport - 07/24/18

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JULY 24, 2018

Man charged with kidnapping hotel housekeeper near Portland International Airport

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced criminal charges were filed against William Harrison English, 31, following his arrest by the Port of Portland Police Department.

English made his first court appearance on July 24, 2018 before Judge Jean Kerr Maurer at the Multnomah County Justice Center.

The charging document filed in case number 18CR48991 alleges two counts of kidnapping in the first degree and one count each of the following charges: burglary in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, coercion and menacing.

It is alleged in court documents that the female victim was a member of the housekeeping staff at a hotel near Portland International Airport. Neither the victim nor defendant knew one another prior to the alleged incident that occurred July 23.

According to a probable cause affidavit, while inside cleaning the bathroom to a hotel room, the victim heard a noise. The affidavit states the woman turned around and saw the defendant inside the bathroom holding a knife above his shoulders.

The probable cause affidavit states the defendant closed the door to the hotel room with the victim still inside and told her not to scream. When the employee began to scream, it is alleged the defendant said he would stab her if she continued to scream. Furthermore, the defendant told the victim to turn towards the bathtub. When the victim did not do as told, the defendant touched the victim on the shoulder and turned her towards the bathtub. The defendant then ordered the employee out of the bathroom. She was told to go to the main part of the hotel room and to get onto the bed. The defendant continued to say that if she did not do as told he would stab her.

Court documents state the victim was able to hit the hands-free feature to a nearby phone and scream for help to the front desk. The defendant then hit the speaker phone button, which disconnected the call. The defendant exited the room and the employee closed and locked the door until help arrived.

As stated in court documents, Port of Portland Police contacted the defendant in a nearby hotel room where they recovered a knife and placed it into evidence.

The investigation into this case remains ongoing and as such no additional information can be released.

The defendant’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 1, 2018.

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