- Holly M. Gill
- Madras Pioneer - News
Took 12-year-old girl from Salem
A pair who were found guilty in August of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl were sentenced Oct. 12 in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Judge Gary Thompson sentenced Brian Scott Mohr, 23, to five years and 10 months in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections for second-degree kidnapping, a Class C felony. Kristen Nichole Jacobs, 20, received a three-year sentence.
On Aug. 16, a 12-person jury found Mohr, of Salem, and Jacobs, of Federal Way, Wash., guilty of taking the girl -- who had known Jacobs most of her life -- from her home in Salem on June 24, 2011.
Thompson noted that Mohr was away without leave from the military in Fort Lewis, Wash., when he and Jacobs carried the girl out of her Salem home wrapped in a blanket, changed her hair color, and took her to Mohr's relatives' home at Crooked River Ranch.
"You were fortunate that the jury acquitted you of the sex crimes charged in this case," said Thompson, referring to the second-degree rape charges against both Mohr and Jacobs.
Even though the girl went willingly, Thompson said that Mohr exhibited "totally irresponsible, inconsiderate behavior."
As mitigating factors, Mohr's attorney, Jennifer Kimble, of Madras, said that Mohr grew up in foster care "through no fault of his own," and joined the military so he could "make something of himself."
"He does not pose a risk to society," said Kimble, noting that he had a job, helped care for his mother, and showed up for every court appearance.
The father of the victim, who is married to Jacobs' sister -- the victim's stepmother -- said that the kidnapping had caused tremendous damage to his entire family.
"We found out someone we thought we could trust had hid her," he said, adding that they have continued to lie about the incident until they were located June 28, 2011. "To this day, I haven't seen anything that makes me think they understand the damage they caused."
Attorney Shanon Gray, of Portland, who represented Jacobs, said she was a first-time offender, with 17 letters of recommendation, including from the Dallas Fire Department, where she was a volunteer.
"What I think happened in this situation is she got involved with the wrong person," he said. "She was 19 at the time and she was a young 19."
Because the girl was planning to run away, Gray suggested that it was more like a case of custodial interference. "She's never been in trouble for anything," he said.
Following the recommendation of Sheryl Blackman, chief deputy district attorney, District Attorney Steve Leriche said that both of the defendants lied.
"None of this could have happened but for the family relationship Ms. Jacobs had," he said. "But for her, this whole incident wouldn't have been initiated."
Both Mohr and Jacobs apologized to those involved in the case before their sentences.
Judge Thompson agreed to a downward departure on Jacobs' sentence, since she was a first-time offender, who worked and volunteered in her community, but noted, "You were old enough to know better."
"The true victims in this case are the family and parents (of the victim)," said Thompson.
Mohr and Jacobs will both be subject to restitution, and neither will be required to register as a sex offender.
The two must also serve three years of post-prison supervision.