Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office
Arrest of Mercedes Alvarado - 10/08/14
On October 7, 2014, an Indictment was filed in Marion County Circuit Court charging Mercedes Alvarado with Manslaughter in the Second Degree. Mercedes Alvarado, 25, is charged with recklessly causing the death of her daughter Aniya Zamora, who was three years old at the time of her death on April 19, 2013. Mercedes Alvarado was subsequently arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on a warrant issued for that charge.
Manslaughter in the Second Degree is a Class B Felony and a Measure 11 offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months in prison. The crime requires proof that the defendant recklessly caused the death of another human being.
Mercedes Alvarado is currently being held at the Marion County Jail with no bail and will appear for arraignment on October 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Highway, Salem.
The circumstances surrounding Aniya Zamora's death continue to be investigated by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Grand Jury. Therefore, no additional comments will be issued by the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Any person with information concerning Aniya Zamora's death should contact Detective Matt Wilkinson at 503-566-6925.
Anthony White Pleads Guilty to Keizer Armored Car Robbery, Other Charges (edited contact information) - 09/29/14
News Release from Marion Co. District Attorney's Office
TO: All media
FROM: Keir Boettcher, Deputy District Attorney
DATE: September 29, 2014
RE: ANTHONY WHITE PLEADS GUILTY TO KEIZER ARMORED CAR ROBBERY, OTHER CHARGES
Today, before the Honorable Dale W. Penn, Anthony Samuel White, 29, was sentenced for the robbery of an armored car courier after previously changing his plea on September 19, 2014. In addition to Robbery in the Second Degree, White also pled guilty to two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary in the Second Degree, and two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. For the first count of Burglary in the First Degree, White was sentenced 45 months in the Department of Corrections. For the crime of Robbery in the Second Degree, White was sentenced to 70 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the first burglary sentence. For the second count of Burglary in the First Degree, White was sentenced to 36 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the robbery charge. For the crime of Burglary in the Second Degree, White was sentenced to 28 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the second burglary in the first degree charge. For the crime of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, White was sentenced to 30 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the burglary in the second degree charge. The Unlawful Use of a Weapon and second charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm charges merged with other counts. In total, White was sentenced to 209 months, or nearly 17 and a half years. Under the terms of the sentence, White will only be eligible for programming through the Department of Corrections for the final 30 months of his sentence.
On March 18, 2014, the Keizer Police Department responded to the old Roth's Market at 5013 River Rd. N in the Schoolhouse Square shopping center after a Brinks armored truck driver called 911 to report that his courier was the victim of a robbery. The courier was inside the Roth's to service an ATM when White approached and threatened him with a firearm. Officers responded and set a perimeter around the location but were unable to apprehend White at that time. On March 22, 2014, White attempted another robbery on a different armored car courier in Eugene, Oregon, where he was ultimately shot and paralyzed from the waist down.
White's apprehension in Eugene led Keizer Police to further investigate White and his whereabouts before and after the robbery at Roth's, ultimately connecting him to the robbery inside the Roth's. Through that investigation, Keizer Police linked White to a residential burglary in Keizer that occurred on March 17, 2014, the day before the robbery at Roth's, where a vehicle was taken. Keizer Police also linked White to another residential burglary in Falls City that occurred on March 20, 2014, two days after the robbery at Roth's, where over $10,000 in personal belongings and firearms were taken. White is a felon based on prior Robbery in the First Degree convictions from 2005 and is not allowed to possess firearms. A Marion County grand jury convened on June 4, 2014 and indicted White on 14 criminal counts in connection with White's actions.