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Dustin Nehl Sentenced on Multiple Crimes Committed in Woodburn - 09/13/17

On September 7, 2017, before the Honorable Judge Sean E. Armstrong, Dustin Lee Nehl, age 24, entered guilty pleas and was sentenced for the crimes of Attempted Arson in the First Degree, Arson in the Second degree, Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device and three counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.

The convictions are the result of a multi-year investigation conducted by the Woodburn Police Department regarding crimes at Woodburn Estates & Golf, dating back to at least 2013, as well as crimes against the City of Woodburn at its water facility at Centennial Park in early 2016.

Long after Nehl's arrest, Woodburn detective Aaron DeVoe continued to work diligently with the District Attorney's Office to make sure the investigation was complete and that all the known victims were covered by the charges against Nehl.

"These convictions and sentence are significant and bring to a close a reign of criminal activity that burdened the Woodburn community for several years. We are grateful for the work by our police department and our partnership with the District Attorney's Office in holding Mr. Nehl accountable for his crimes," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris.

Nehl was sentenced to 60 months in the Department of Corrections with 36 months Post-prison Supervision. Nehl was ordered to pay restitution to the victims who suffered losses as a result of his crimes.

Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio-Homicidio por negligencia criminal del Alguacil Adjunto Kelly Fredinburg (Spanish) - 08/25/17

El 21 de Febrero del 2017, la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones le notificó a la Policía Estatal de Oregón y la Fiscalía del Distrito del Condado de Marion, que Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio había sido liberado de una prisión federal Mexicana, debido a un error administrativo.

Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio había sido arrestado aproximadamente un mes antes, despuès de casi una dècada de caza de largo para èl, que comenzó en el verano de 2007, por causar la muerte del Alguacil Adjunto Kelly Fredinburg del Condado de Marion, y Oscar Ascencio Amaya.

El 16 de Junio del 2007, el Agente Fredinburg se dirigía a atender una llamada de emergencia, conduciendo su patrulla con dirección al sur de la carretera 99E y al norte de la ciudad de Gervais, Oregon, cuando fue impactado de frente por el vehículo conducido por De Jesus Ascencio. La patrulla se incendio y el Agente Fredinburg murió en el lugar del accidente.

Oscar Ascencio Amaya de 19 años de edad, quien fue pasajero en el vehículo de De Jesus Ascencio, tambièn falleció en el accidente.

El 3 de Agosto del 2007, tras una investigación por la Policía Estatal de Oregón, el caso fue presentado al Gran Jurado del Condado de Marion, y Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio fue acusado de dos cuentas de homicidio por negligencia criminal. De Jesus Ascencio huyó a Mèxico antes de que se le presentaron con los cargos.

En el año 2010, la Fiscalía del Distrito del Condado de Marion presentó el caso con èxito, bajo la modalidad del Artículo IV del Código Penal Federal Mexicano que permite que ciertos delitos cometidos en los Estados Unidos sean procesados por el sistema judicial Mexicano. De conforme con el enjuiciamiento por Artículo IV, De Jesus Ascencio fue juzgado en ausencia. Una orden de detención fue emitida de Mèxico, por causar la muerte de Agente Fredinburg y Oscar Ascencio Amaya.

El 20 de Enero del 2017, depuès de casi siete años, De Jesus Ascencio fue arrestado por medio de la orden de detención, en el estado de Puebla, Mèxico. De Jesus Ascencio fue transportado al estado de Baja California, donde fue librado, en Febrero del 2017, aproximadamente un mes despuès de su detención.

Desde el aprendizaje de la liberación de De Jesus Ascencio, la Policía Estatal de Oregón, y la Fiscalía del Distrito del Condado de Marion han trabajado juntos con la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones, La Embajada de Los Estados Unidos, INTERPOL, y la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) de Mèxico, en un esfuerzo consolidado para localizar a Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio, y llevarlo a la justicia. Actualmente, esos esfuerzos no han tenido èxito y èl permanece en libertad.

Aunque las familias de las víctimas fueran informadas durante el proceso, esta informacion no se ha publicado hasta ahora, debido a los esfuerzos en curso de localizar a De Jesus Ascencio.

La orden de detención para Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio todavía está válida y las autoridades siguen buscándolo. El fiscal del distrito del Condado de Marion, Walter Beglau dijo, "Es importante para la comunidad saber que no vamos a dejar de buscarlo pesar del paso del tiempo. Seguimos comprometidos a buscar justicia para las víctimas y sus familias."

Para asistir el esfuerzo, los oficiales están buscando la ayuda de cualquier persona que tenga información con respecto al paradero de Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio.

La familia Fredinburg y las autoridades han trabajado juntos para establecer un fondo de recompensa llamado, "Oregon Officer Reward Fund" (OORF), disponible para ayudar a las autoridades en investigaciones criminales detener a las personas buscadas, en los casos en que un oficial de policía ha sido herido o ha fallecido en el cumplimiento de su deber. Por lo tanto, una recompensa de hasta 20 mil dólares está disponible para información que conduzca a la detención de De Jesus Ascencio.

Adicionalmente, hay una cuenta de GoFundMe disponible para aquellos que estèn interesados en donar al fondo de recompensa a: https://www.gofundme.com-oregon-officer-reward-fund .

"Nuestra espearanza es que esta recompensa aliente a alguien de ayudarnos localizar a De Jesus Ascencio, eso es lo más importante en este momento," dijo el Fiscal del distrito Beglau.

Cualquier persona con información relacionada a Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio podrá comunicarse a los números telefónicos siguientes:

* En Oregón: 800-452-7888
* De cualquier lugar de los Estados Unidos a Crime Stoppers con atención en ingles y español. Mencione el número de caso #07-28 al telèfono 1-503-823-4357
* Residentes de Mèxico podrán comunicarse a Crime Stoppers con número de caso #07-28 y al telèfono: 011-503-823-4357

Tambièn podrán enviar información a la dirección electrónica: crimetips2OSP@state.or.us

La información deberá ser lo más detallado possible. La información se podrá proporcionar de manera anónima, pero se recomienda que les proporcione sus datos, a los investigadores para que puedan comunicarse con usted si es necesario.

Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio - Prosecution of Criminally Negligent Homicide of Marion County Deputy Sheriff Kelly Fredinburg - 08/25/17

On February 21, 2017, the FBI notified the Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office that Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio had been released from a Mexican federal prison due to an administrative error.
Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio had been arrested approximately one month before, after a near decade long hunt for him which began in the summer of 2007 for causing the death of Marion County Deputy Sheriff Kelly Fredinburg and Oscar Ascencio Amaya.
On June 16, 2007, Deputy Fredinburg was en route to an emergency call heading southbound on Highway 99E north of Gervais when his patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by De Jesus Ascencio. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he died at the scene.
Oscar Ascencio Amaya, a 19 year old passenger in De Jesus Ascencio's vehicle, also died as a result of the crash.
Following an investigation by the Oregon State Police the case was presented to a Marion County Grand Jury and on August 3, 2007, Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio was indicted for two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide. De Jesus Ascencio, however, fled to Mexico prior to being arraigned on the charges.
In 2010 the Marion County District Attorney's Office successfully filed an Article IV prosecution which allows certain crimes committed in the U.S. to be prosecuted by the Mexican Judicial System. Pursuant to the Article IV prosecution, De Jesus Ascencio was adjudicated in absentia. A Mexican arrest warrant was issued for De Jesus Ascencio for causing the deaths of Deputy Fredinburg and Oscar Ascencio Amaya.
After nearly seven years, on January 20, 2017, De Jesus Ascencio was arrested on that warrant in the Mexican State of Puebla. He was transported to ¬¬¬¬¬¬the Mexican State of Baja California, where he was released approximately one month later, in February of 2017.
Since learning of De Jesus Ascencio's release the Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office have been working jointly with the FBI, the U.S. Embassy, Interpol, and the Mexican Attorney General's Office in a consolidated effort to locate Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio and bring him to justice. To date, those efforts have not been successful and he remains at large.
Although the victims' families have been informed throughout the process, this information has not been made public until now due to ongoing attempts to locate
De Jesus Ascencio.
The warrant for Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio is still active and law enforcement continues to search for him. As Marion County District Attorney, Walt Beglau said, "It's important for the community to know that we will not let up despite the passage of time. We remain fully committed to seeking justice for the victims and their families."
To assist that effort law enforcement is asking for the help of anyone who may have information regarding the whereabouts of Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio.
The Fredinburg family has worked closely with law enforcement officials to establish the "Oregon Officer Reward Fund" (OORF), available to help law enforcement arrest persons wanted in connection with criminal investigations where Oregon police officers are injured or killed in the line of duty. As a result, a reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of De Jesus Ascencio.
Additionally, there is a GoFundMe account available for those who are interested in donating to the reward fund at: https://www.gofundme.com-oregon-officer-reward-fund. "Our hope is that this reward will encourage someone to help us locate De Jesus Ascencio, that's what matters most at this point," said D.A. Beglau.
Anyone with information about Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio can report tips by phone at:
* In Oregon, call 800-452-7888.
* From anywhere in the United States for English and Spanish speakers to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers), call 1-503-823-HELP (4357).
* Residents within Mexico can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers) at +011-503-823-4357.
Email tips can be sent to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us.
Tips should have as much detail as possible. Though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.

Larry Dwayne Rue Jr. sentenced for multiple counts of child abuse - 08/23/17

On August 22, 2017, Larry Dwayne Rue Jr., 36, was sentenced to 105.8 years by the Honorable Judge Sean Armstrong. Rue had previously entered guilty pleas on July 13, 2017, to Attempted Assault in the First Degree, four counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree and Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, all involving a child under 6 years of age. Salem Police Department conducted the investigation.

Judge Armstrong found that in multiple incidents Rue had demonstrated deliberate cruelty to a vulnerable victim resulting in harm greater than typical and that Rue's incarceration was necessary for public safety.