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LaMichael James Sentencing Memorandum

LaMichael James Sentencing Memorandum

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Published by The Oregonian
Oregon running back LaMichael James pleaded guilty to one count of physical harassment Friday in Lane County Circuit Court in connection with a Feb. 15 domestic-violence incident and agreed to 24 months' probation.
Oregon running back LaMichael James pleaded guilty to one count of physical harassment Friday in Lane County Circuit Court in connection with a Feb. 15 domestic-violence incident and agreed to 24 months' probation.

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Published by: The Oregonian on Mar 12, 2010
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In the Circuit Court
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THE STATE OF OREGON,Case no. 221003585Plaintiff,
Sentencing Memorandum
vs.LAMICHAEL KEONDRAE JAMES,Defendant.DA No. 10-1048COMES NOW the State
of
Oregon,
by
and through William E. Wamisher, AssistantDistrict Attorney for Lane County, to advise the Court in the matter
of
the sentencing
of
theabove-named Defendant.At the time the instant offense took place, the defendant and the victim had been in acommitted, intimate relationship for a significant period
of
time. They had introduced eachother to family members and were very close. When the victim learned that the defendanthad a female house guest from outside Oregon, she went to the defendant's residence tospeak with his guest. The house guest was alanned, refused to let the victim into theresidence,and subsequently called the defendant. Shortly thereafter, the defendant arrived athis residence and told the victim to leave. He physically removed the victim from the areaimmediatelyinfront
of
hisresidencedoor.While the defendant was holding onto the victim's arms she grabbed the defendant'snecklace. She advised that she would not let go
of
his necklace unless he released her. During
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the defendant's necklace broke and he became angry. Defendantadmits that he grabbed the victim by her collar and pushed her against his car. The victimthen got into the defendant's vehicle and removed his keys from the ignition. Defendant
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grabbed the victim to remove her from his vehicle, but she kept his keys and ran from the car.Defendant caught the victim, grabbed her waist and they fell to the ground in the bark mulch.Defendant removed his keys from the victim's hand, ending the physical interaction. Theparties talked without furtherphysical contact before the defendant drove away.This incident presents complicated and changing legal rights and responsibilities asthe incident evolved.
As
the Court well knows, the Abuse Prevention Act requires immediatearrest in circumstances such as these. Uniform enforcement
of
that requirement hasundoubtedly saved many lives, but
it
also requires law enforcement to make preliminarycharging decisions based on initial reports before a more thorough investigation can becompleted. Subsequent investigation and clarification
of
the facts often result in modification
of
the criminal charges (in both directions).
In
this case, dismissal
of
some
of
the
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theadmission
of
guilt
by
the defendant, and.the recommended sentence are all appropriate to thefacts. The disposition recommended herein is also supported
by
the victim.The subsequent attention given to this matter has been understandably difficult for thevictim. Uninformed gossip, blogs, and other internet communications have distorted thecircUlDstances, misstated the victim's relationship with the defendant and compounded theharm done to her. Some have publicly speculated that the victim reported this incident to thepolice in retaliation for the defendant's infidelity. This is not born out
by
the facts and has notbeen promulgated
by
either the defendant or the victim in this case.
In
fact, the victimreported reluctantly in response to police questions after the defendant informed her that thepolice had become involved. The defendant has clarified these issues in the attached letter inwhich he accepts full responsibility.The Staterecommends a sentence
of
24 months
of
probation to the Court.
In
additionto the standard conditions
of
probation the State recommends
10
days jail, referral to the·
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.
. Center for Family Development for evaluation and treatment, and a condition
of
no contactwith the named victim. The State defers to the Court with regards to any fines, costs andassessments.
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MEMORANDUM
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