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Christina Lynn Cordon Sentences to 108 Months in Prison for Small Business Burglaries (Photo) - 02/03/23

HILLSBORO, Ore.— Christina Lynn Cordon, age 38, pleaded guilty to six counts of burglary in the second degree yesterday, February 2, 2023. Deputy District Attorney David Pitcher prosecuted the case before Judge Andrew Erwin. 

From March through September 2022, the defendant burglarized more than ten businesses throughout Washington County, including removing a bolted safe containing more than $1,500 and ramming a stolen vehicle into the door of a convenience store at another location. Cordon targeted small businesses, including restaurants, ice cream shops, delis, coffee shops and dry cleaners, by breaking store windows, picking locks, prying facility doors and even removing the lock at several locations. 

A witness contacted the Hillsboro Police Department after witnessing Cordon break a glass door window and enter the Copper River Restaurant in Hillsboro, Oregon. Authorities arrived as Cordon exited the parking lot in a white Honda Accord, resulting in a high-speed chase. The defendant abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot before she was quickly apprehended. Hillsboro Police located tools, bear spray and a wig inside of the vehicle. 

At the time of these offenses, the defendant, who was residing in a homeless shelter in Portland, Oregon, had three open criminal cases in Multnomah County. Cordon was granted pretrial release by the Multnomah County Circuit Court after failing to appear in court, just months before burglarizing the first of several business in Washington County. 

Judge Erwin sentenced Cordon to 108 months in prison with one year of post-prison supervision on each count. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office acknowledges the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaverton Police Department, the Hillsboro Police Department and the Tualatin Police Department. This office also commends the witnesses and victims of the small business who aided in this investigation.

“Safety is a top priority in Washington County,” said Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton. “Our residents and business owners deserve a safe community and with this conviction, we are sending a message to criminals who consider coming here to commit crime —  stay out.”

A restitution hearing is scheduled for April 4, 2023, at 8:30 a.m.

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Jose Rodolfo Torres-Amaro Convicted of Murder in Stabbing of Wife (Photo) - 01/13/23

HILLSBORO, Ore . — Jose Rodolfo Torres-Amaro, age 34, pleaded guilty to the sole count of Murder in the Second-Degree yesterday, January 12, 2023. Senior Deputy District Attorney John Gerhard and Deputy District Attorney Katherine Miller prosecuted the case before Judge Eric Butterfield.  Torres-Amaro’s trial had been set to begin January 24, 2023.


On September 11, 2021, the defendant stabbed and killed the victim, his wife, Sonia Bahena, at their apartment complex in Cornelius, Oregon in front of two of their four children. 
The victim contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch line at 12:45 a.m., September 11, 2021, out of fear for Torres-Amaro’s violent behavior during a verbal argument in which the defendant believed the victim was having an affair. While on the call with dispatch, Torres-Amaro attacked Bahena with a kitchen knife. The victim was stabbed over 20 times before a cut to a jugular vein in her neck caused her death. Torres-Amaro attempted to take his own life by stabbing his throat at the scene and was rushed to Legacy Emanual Medical Center in Portland, Oregon by local authorities. 


Torres-Amaro faces a statutory sentence of life in prison with a minimum of 25 years before consideration for parole, with lifetime supervision if granted. 


The Washington County District Attorney’s Office acknowledges the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaverton Police Department and the Cornelius Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department. This office also commends the courage of the victim’s children, witnesses and law enforcement officials who aided in this investigation.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 2, 2023, at 1:00 p.m
 

Brandon Stevens Convicted in Child Assault Case - 01/11/23

HILLSBORO, Ore.- On January 10, 2023, Brandon James Stevens, age 33, of Tigard, was found guilty after a court trial of one count of Assault in the First Degree, one count of Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case before Judge Andrew Erwin.

On January 12, 2022, the 18-month-old victim was taken to Legacy Meridian Park hospital after his mother discovered swelling to his scrotum and stomach. The injuries had occurred while the child was being cared for by Mr. Stevens, who was the mother’s boyfriend. Due to the severity of his injuries, the child was transferred to Randall Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with extensive bruising to his chest and back, a broken rib, a grade-3 liver laceration, a transected pancreas, and other injuries. He was suffering from internal bleeding and the injuries were life threatening.  Tests revealed that the child had methamphetamine in his system. Doctors determined that his injuries were the result of blunt force trauma, specifically, from very violent and repetitive blows.

When Mr. Stevens learned that police were looking for him, he fled the apartment in Tigard, leaving a five-year-old child home alone. Tigard Police were able to make entry into the apartment and secure that child, who was uninjured. Mr. Stevens was arrested later that evening. He submitted to a urine test which was positive for methamphetamine. 

Judge Erwin sentenced Mr. Stevens to 90 months in prison under Ballot Measure 11.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office commends medical personnel including CARES NW and Randall Children’s Hospital for maintaining the health and safety of the child. This office also thanks the Tigard Police Department for their excellent work.

Attached Media Files: Stevens_PDF.pdf