On Friday, April 15th, Keizer police investigated the stabbing death of 45 year old Jeffery Holly which occurred on Brooks Avenue in Keizer Oregon. The Keizer Police department conducted an extensive investigation, and after a thorough review the Marion County District Attorney's office has decided that the involved 16-year-old was justified in using deadly physical force against Holly. No criminal charges will be filed in connection with Holly's death.
As part of the investigation, police interviewed friends and family members of both the deceased and the youth, as well as neighbors who lived near the home on Brooks. They further uncovered prior police reports of prior contact at the residence, assessed the physical evidence at the scene of the incident, and engaged in an extensive interview with the involved youth.
The investigation revealed that Holly had been in a relationship with Marci Gindlesperger, the involved youth's mother, since 2014. Neighbors reported numerous calls to police because of domestic violence and fighting at the house between Holly and Gindlesperber. Police records verify repeated contact with the deceased at the Brooks address due to reports of domestic violence, the most recent of which occurring in February 2016, and resulted in the responding officer issuing a temporary emergency protective order against Holly. That order expired seven days later when Ms. Gindlesperger chose not to seek a restraining order from the Circuit Court. Gindlesperger, however, did tell Holly that he was not to be at the house on Brooks when she was not present.
Holly repeatedly made known his disdain for the involved youth. On multiple previous occasions, Holly told the involved youth as well as other people that he was going to kill the involved youth.
On April 15, 2016 at approximately 8:15 pm, an intoxicated Holly arrived at the Brooks address while the involved youth was home alone and Gindlesperger was at work. The involved youth sent messages to both Gindlesperger, and his sister telling them that Holly was intoxicated and at the house, and asking to be picked up from the Brooks address. Police dispatch records indicate that at about 8:40 PM, the involved youth's sister called 911 to report she was told Holly was at the Brooks address, that the involved youth was afraid of Holly, and that she believed there was a restraining order prohibiting Holly from having contact with the involved youth.
The involved youth told police he retreated into his bedroom, closed the door, and remained there while Holly repeatedly called him derogatory names and challenged him to come out of the room. Holly eventually forced his way into the involved youth's bedroom and began to put his hands on the involved youth. Holly proceeded to push the involved youth and told him that he better get used to the fact that he and Gindlesperger were going to be together. The involved youth, who was 5' 9" tall and weighed 116 pounds, was now blocked from leaving the small bedroom by Holly, who was 6'0" tall and weighed 200 pounds. The involved youth armed himself with a knife for protection and asked Holly to let him leave the house and wait to be picked up. Holly advanced again and was in close proximity to another one of the involved youth's knives which he kept on his dresser. The involved youth told police he believed that Holly was going to grab one of the knives. As Holly continued to advance on the involved youth, the involved youth stabbed Holly multiple times.
An autopsy conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office concluded that Holly was stabbed 7 times and he died as a result of those wounds
After Holly collapsed in the involved youth's bedroom, the involved youth ran to a neighbor's house asking for someone to come to the house and provide medical assistance to Holly. Police Dispatch records confirm a 911 call from the neighbor at 8:37 PM. When officers arrived at the Brooks address, the involved youth told responding officers that he had stabbed Holly. The involved youth was cooperative with police investigators and gave them a statement about what had occurred that night. The physical evidence at the scene was consistent with the involved youth's recitation of events.
Under Oregon Law, a person may use deadly force against another person if the person reasonably believes that a person is using or about to use unlawful deadly force against a person.
Jose Reyna-Rojas was sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to a total of twelve charges involving the physical and sexual abuse of his wife and their eight children. On February 25, 2016 police responded to the victims' home on a report of allegations of sexual abuse which spurred an investigation into what was discovered to be approximately twenty years of extensive physical abuse at the hands of Reyna-Rojas against his wife and children. As part of the investigation six of the eight children were interviewed by trained forensic interviewers at Liberty House where the children described being struck with electrical cords and PVC pipe by the defendant. The children also described acts of abuse against their mother, Reyna-Rojas' wife, which were frequently witnessed by the children.
Marion County Sheriff's Detective Matt Hagan conducted the bulk of the investigation into Reyna-Rojas' history of abuse. "It is important to remember that domestic violence does not happen in isolation. We now know there is frequent co-occurrence of crimes of domestic violence and child abuse in a home and the presence of one should trigger questions about the existence of the other. Even if a child has not been physically abused themselves but has witnessed domestic violence, that child does not walk away unscathed. There is trauma associated with that experience that may stay with that child long into adult hood."
Research shows that there is a common link between domestic violence and child abuse. Among victims of child abuse, 40 per cent report domestic violence in the home.10 One study in North America found that children who were exposed to violence in the home were 15 times more likely to be physically and/or sexually assaulted than the national average.11
Reyna-Rojas' 120 months prison sentence will be served without eligibility for earned good time or alternative incarceration as part of a negotiated plea agreement. By that time Reyna-Rojas' youngest child will be at least 18 years of age.
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On June 1, 2016, Carolyn Rae Dimatteo pleaded guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide with a Firearm for the December 26, 2015 shooting death of her husband Joseph Dimatteo, age 69.
On December 26, 2015, the defendant called 911 to report that she had shot her husband in their 5th wheel trailer at 11517 Kingdom Lane SE, Stayton, Oregon. Mr. Dimatteo was shot one time in the chest. She was arrested following an investigation by the Marion County Sheriff's office. Thereafter, a Marion County grand jury indicted her for Criminally Negligent Homicide.
The defendant had no criminal history. She was sentenced to five years of supervised probation with conditions of probation including mental health counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, community service, and financial obligations including restitution.