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Change of Plea in State v. Brett Pearson - 03/26/15
This morning, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Dale. W. Penn accepted a change of plea in State v. Brett Angus Pearson. Mr. Pearson, DOB 10/7/1996, pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder. These charges were based on the March 5, 2014, shooting death of Michelle Pearson and the shooting of her surviving spouse, Wilfred Pearson.

Sentencing was set for August 28, 2015, at 9:00am. This date was chosen so that both parties can prepare additional information and argument for the court.

There will be no additional information released at this time due to the un-joined, parallel case of State v. Robert Daniel Miller, Marion County Circuit Court Case number 14C40909. That case is currently set for trial in November 2015.

Please contact Marion County DDAs David Wilson or Brendan Murphy with any additional questions, at (503) 588-5222.
Sentencing Of Drake Carson Related To Pursuit Fatality - 03/25/15
Today, Drake Alan Douglas Carson, 17, pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. After accepting the plea, the Honorable Cheryl Pellegrini sentenced Carson to a total of 84 months in the Department of Corrections, followed by 27 months of Post-Prison Supervision.

Given Carson's age at the time the offense was committed and the length of the sentence, the Department of Corrections will determine whether the sentence is served in an adult correctional facility or with the Oregon Youth Authority in a juvenile correctional facility.

This case stemmed from a police pursuit on January 26th, 2015, on Howell Prairie Road in Mount Angel. At approximately 6:00 p.m., a Mount Angel police officer attempted to stop Carson, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Carson did not stop for the officer, who began to pursue the vehicle with lights and a siren.

Approximately 20 minutes after the pursuit began, Carson lost control of the pickup, went off the road, and crashed into a tree about one mile north of Saratoga Drive. He immediately ran from the vehicle without checking on the passengers in the pickup he was driving.

The collision resulted in the death of Rhiannon Steele, 35, and serious physical injuries to a teenaged male passenger. Carson was arrested by police the following morning when nearby residents reported a suspicious person asking for a ride.