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DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of Keffer White, 29, for attempted murder, assault - 06/27/22

June 27, 2022

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of Keffer White, 29, for attempted murder, assault 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Keffer James White, 29, was arraigned on four counts including two counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, one count of Assault in the First Degree, and one count of Assault in the Second Degree. 

The charges stem from an incident on the evening of Saturday, June 25. A group of people were waiting for the bus in the area of Southwest 5th Avenue and Southwest Hall Street. Witness reports and video surveillance allege that White approached the group and began talking to them. When they did not respond, he began to yell and made fun of them for being elderly. White became increasingly aggressive. He approached one man in the group, Edward Lichenstein, 88, and began attacking him, including headbutting him and shoving him to the ground. 

White then turned to another person in the group, Donald Pierce, 83, who was holding a cane for balance, and pushed him into the street and on to the ground. Once on the ground White kicked Pierce in the head and face area several times. White subsequently continued attacking Lichtenstein who was attempting to get away. Pierce also attempted to get up and White returned and attacked him again by kicking him in his head. 

Portland Police officers were in the area of the attack on an unrelated call when they heard screaming and approached the bus stop where the attack took place. The officers rendered aid to the victims and arrested White based on a witness report that White was responsible for the attack. Lichenstein and Pierce are currently in critical condition at an area hospital. 

Witnesses reported that White stated he was going to kill the victims during the attack. White is currently in custody without bail.  

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. White is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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DA Mike Schmidt announces new funding for community-focused attorneys - 06/17/22

June 17, 2022

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces new funding for community-focused attorneys 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the Multnomah County Commission approved funding for a new pilot program comprised of two attorneys, a victim advocate, and a legal assistant in the 2023 fiscal year.  

The proposal, called the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office Access Attorney Program (MAAP), is a values-driven program centering equity, safety, and accountability through local partnerships and on-the-ground community engagement. It seeks to address two key issues: public safety and community trust. 

“Revamping how we respond to safety by moving away from a punishment paradigm to care-based supports for individual and community health is my vision of community safety. This proposal can be one tool to help support that shift. And as a local policy maker, I will work in collaboration with community partners to ensure that these types of advancements don’t repeat and maintain historic and current harms from the legal system,” Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal stated.    

Instead of operating out of police precincts like other neighborhood prosecution programs, MAAP attorneys will co-locate with trusted community-based organizations. The MAAP pilot will target two key regions in Multnomah County. The ability to co-locate will hinge upon agreements between participating organizations and the DAs office to ensure adequate equity and cultural competency training for attorneys prior to setting foot in a community space along with shared values, goals, and performance metrics when they do. 

“MAAP will take attorneys out of the courthouse and put them into the community to help address local safety issues driven by local priorities, incorporating non-carceral solutions such as diversion programs, treatment, and restorative justice where possible, while pursuing accountability for high volume systems users. Putting our prosecutors out in the field also means reducing barriers to the system which often discourages disenfranchised communities from reporting crime in the first place.” DA Mike Schmidt stated. 

“This approach is a nationally recognized model. Community prosecutors get to know neighborhood residents. They attend community meetings, give presentations at schools and civic group meetings, encourage involvement and—most importantly—listen to what the community needs and then work collaboratively to find solutions.” Congressman Earl Blumenauer, representing Oregon’s 3rd congressional district stated. 

MAAP attorneys would be tasked with attending and hosting community events, canvassing neighbors and businesses, and managing caseloads specific to the discrete area they serve. These attorneys would also work to lower barriers to success for justice-involved individuals by delivering access to expungement, fine, and fee reduction to the communities most impacted. MAAP is an expansion of the existing Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit within the DAs office, which focuses on “high volume systems users” for whom traditional criminal interventions repeatedly fail and who often benefit from a continuum of services and treatment to change their behavior and become contributing members of society.  

“Many communities feel a disconnect with the conventional public safety system. And we need to completely reimagine how to keep our communities safe. Legal system partners inside communities that don't rely on hyper-criminalization and instead lead with community engagement and supports to resolve legal system impacts can help fuel that connection. We welcome these types of efforts and will ensure that they make our communities truly safe and healthy,” Unite Oregon’s Executive Director Khanh Le stated.

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DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Jon Hughes, 55, for murder with gun - 06/15/22

June 15, 2022

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Jon Hughes, 55, for murder with gun 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Jon Allen Hughes, 55, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 300 months by a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge. Hughes was found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm by a 12-person jury on May 18, 2022, along with co-defendant Shawn Kevin McGinnis, 59. McGinnis was found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. McGinnis will be sentenced on June 22, 2022. 

On November 10, 2017, Hughes and McGinnis arrived at a Southeast Portland residence, both carrying loaded firearms. The owner of the residence was McGinnis’s girlfriend. The victim, Robert “Cody” Kaiser, also lived in the home. McGinnis believed that Kaiser was having an affair with his girlfriend. The two had other previous conflicts. 

After arriving on November 10, Hughes approached the side door of the residence with a 30/30 rifle while McGinnis, armed with a pistol, yelled at the front door that he would burn the house down if the occupants did not come outside. When Kaiser exited the side door, Hughes shot him once in the chest, killing him almost immediately. 

“I’m most struck by how unnecessary this was: there was no reason for Mr. Kaiser to be killed.  The Defendants came to his home and shot him to death when he came outside.  No prison sentence can bring back a loved one, but justice was served today on behalf of Mr. Kaiser.” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Sean Hughey stated.  

“We are so grateful to the members of our community who delivered justice for Mr. Kaiser by showing up and telling their harrowing story in court. Our hearts go out to Mr. Kaiser’s family, who can never be made whole, but may feel some relief that our system provided the right result for this indefensible crime,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Mariel Mota stated.

For monthly updates on firearm-related prosecutions, you can visit the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Gun Violence Data Dashboard. The dashboard is searchable by date, location, and charge. It also tracks demographic information about victims of gun violence. 

The Multnomah County District Attorneys' Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their work on this case. 

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DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, found guilty of murder - 06/13/22

June 13, 2022 

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director 

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us 

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, found guilty of murder 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, has been sentenced life in prison by a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge. 

A twelve person jury found Brophy guilty of Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm on May 25, 2022. 

Additional facts about this case can be found here. 

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