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Marion County Judge Sentences Man to 20 Years in Prison for Sexual Assaults - 01/25/23

On January 10, 2023, Marion County Circuit Court Judge, Courtland Geyer, sentenced Chase Gasperetti for several sexual assaults he committed against an Aumsville woman in June of 2021. 

On December 21, 2022, after presiding over a multi-day trial, Judge Geyer found Chase Gasperetti guilty of three counts of Rape in the First Degree, one count of Sodomy in the First Degree, and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. 

These convictions were based on Chase Gasperetti’s repeated sexual assaults on a physically helpless and mentally incapacitated woman in her own home. Following the guilty verdict, Judge Geyer remanded Chase Gasperetti into custody pending sentencing. At the sentencing hearing on January 10, 2023, Judge Geyer sentenced Chase Gasperetti to a total sentence of 20 years in prison. 

This case was investigated by the Aumsville Police Department. Aumsville Police Officer Shane Bird led the investigation. The Oregon State Crime Lab also assisted in this investigation. 

Teen sentenced for his role in a 2021 shooting incident in Salem - 01/23/23

On January 23, 2023, Marion County Circuit Court, Judge Lindsey R. Partridge, sentenced 16-year-old Kye Ray Alfaro to 90 months in prison for his role in a 2021 shooting incident. Alfaro pled guilty to Attempted Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.  He was sentenced pursuant to a stipulated agreement where Alfaro agreed to be convicted in Marion County Circuit Court as an adult. 

At about 9:30 pm, on 11/4/21, Salem Police responded to a call of shots fired near ARCO/AM-PM on Portland Road. Officers were able to determine that 4 shots had been fired at an occupied vehicle outside the ARCO/AM-PM. The shots missed the intended target, but struck an unrelated, unoccupied vehicle, as well as an ice machine directly in front of the business. The occupied vehicle left the scene, the driver having escaped injury. Witnesses reported the shooter running from the scene.  After a lengthy investigation by the Salem Police Department, Alfaro  was determined to be involved and ultimately admitted to being the shooter.  Alfaro, who was 15-years-old at the time of the shooting, had previously been committed to the Oregon Youth Authority, and, as was announced today in open court during his sentencing, Alfaro was also on parole from the Oregon Youth Authority at the time. 

By operation of law, Alfaro will begin his sentence within the Oregon Youth Authority.  He is eligible to remain within the Oregon Youth Authority until his 25th birthday. Of note, he will complete his sentence before he must be transferred from the Youth Authority to the Department of Corrections. Furthermore, he will be eligible for release after 45-months in prison, half-way through his 90-month sentence, a legal process known as “second look.”   “Second Look” proceedings occur by operation of law for any individual under the age of 18 sentenced as an adult pursuant to the changes announced in SB 1008 (2019). In addition to second look, SB 1008 also makes this population eligible for parole after 15 years, no matter how long the original sentence or how many victims were injured.  (Because Alfaro’s sentence is less than 15 years, this parole hearing isn’t applicable in this case.) 

            

 

 

                                    

                                                            

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MARION COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Drunk Driver Sentenced in the Deaths of Four People (Photo) - 01/11/23

On January 11, 2023, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Lindsey R. Partridge sentenced 25 year old Enrique Rodriguez Jr. to 310 months[1] in prison for his role in the fatal DUII incident on March 27, 2002, that killed four people and seriously injured two more. 

In the early morning hours of March 27, 2022, Rodriguez, whose driver’s license was suspended at the time, was speeding in his Nissan 300ZX when he crashed into a homeless encampment at the Front Street NE intersection in downtown Salem. Those killed were 24 year old Jowand Beck, 21 year old Luke Kagey, 54 year old Joseph Posada, and 29 year old Rochelle Zamacona.  43 year old Derrick Hart, and 18 year old Savannah Miller survived the incident but were both seriously injured.  When tested, Rodriguez’s blood alcohol content was .224%.[2]  

Rodriguez previously pled guilty on November 2, 2022 to all 11 charges of his indictment:  Two Counts of Manslaughter in the First Degree, Two Counts of Assault in the Second Degree, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Three Counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.  Rodriguez had no prior criminal convictions.[3] 

Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson said, “One person and one person alone stands responsible for the senseless and avoidable deaths of these vulnerable members of our community, and that is Enrique Rodriguez.  This defendant made the tragic and deadly decision to drive drunk.  Four people paid the ultimate price for his selfish behavior. And now this defendant must face the consequences of those choices.  The families of those he killed and those he injured will live with this forever.” 

Salem Police Chief Trevor Womack said, “While today’s sentence does not erase this tragic event, my hope is that the families of those killed and the survivors can move forward knowing the man responsible has been held accountable. I am grateful for the swift and professional actions taken by my officers and the firefighters and paramedics to assist the injured at this catastrophic scene. I am proud of the work done by our Traffic Team to investigate and build a case to present to the district attorney, ultimately bringing justice to the victims.” 

Rodriguez has been held in the Marion County Jail since the incident and will now be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence. 


 


[1] 25.8 years 

[2] In Oregon, one is presumed to be intoxicated if their blood alcohol content is .08% or above. This defendant’s blood alcohol content was nearly three times that presumption.  He additionally had the presence of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash. 

[3] According to DMV records, Rodriguez has multiple violation convictions including: Careless Driving, Driving Uninsured, Driving While Suspended and Speeding. 

 

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