Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office
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.
Three defendants sentenced for gang related shooting spree - 03/03/15
On February 26, 2015, Anthony Pena, Pablo Serrano, and juvenile David Hernandez-Fragua were sentenced in Marion County Circuit Court for their involvement in a gang related shooting spree that occurred in Salem on November 25, 2014. Two individuals were shot and injured during the spree. Anthony Pena and David Hernandez-Fragua were also sentenced for two other incidents that occurred on November 28, 2014 and December 6, 2014, respectively.
On November 25, 2014, Pena drove Serrano and Hernandez-Fragua to the residence of a rival gang member in Northeast Salem. Witnesses reported that Serrano fired at the rival gang member, hitting him twice. Later that same night, as Pena drove the trio, they spotted a second rival gang member who was walking on Sunnyview Road. Serrano then shot at the rival gang member, striking and wounding him. The trio then returned to the scene of the first shooting and fired a single shot in the direction of three people standing outside, hitting a parked car.
None of the suspects were immediately apprehended, but the Salem Police Gang Enforcement Team continued to investigate the case. Three days later, on November 28, 2014, "Black Friday," Pena and Serrano approached two individuals at Lancaster Mall and Pena pointed a loaded firearm at them, telling them, "I just want to cap somebody today." Police were notified and captured Pena and Serrano outside the mall after a brief chase. During the chase, Pena discarded a firearm and ammunition but it was recovered. It was not the same caliber firearm involved in the November 25, 2014 shootings.
Anthony Pena, 20, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. For these crimes, Pena was sentenced to 24 and ?1/2 years in prison. Pena will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.
Pablo Serrano, 19, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder with a Firearm and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. Serrano was sentenced to 15 and ?1/2 years in prison. Serrano will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.
David Hernandez, 16, the only juvenile offender, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Murder in adult court and was sentenced to 90 months in prison. His sentence will be served at the direction of the Oregon Youth Authority and he will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.
Hernandez also pled guilty in adult court to Assault in the First Degree for stabbing and injuring a man on December 6, 2014. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison, to run concurrently with the sentence for Conspiracy to Commit Murder.
All three defendants are known gang members.