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News Update on Tyson Robert Mackay

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Action: Tyson Robert Mackay, 24, of Portland pleaded guilty on Friday, April 20, to first-degree manslaughter, second- and third-degree assault, felony eluding police and unauthorized use of a vehicle for crashing a car and killing Christopher Grassl, 22. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric Bergstrom sentenced Mackay to 10 years in prison.

Why it matters to you: A Gresham police officer tried to stop Mackay for reckless driving at 1:15 a.m. Nov. 12, 2006, at Northeast Division Street and Roberts Avenue, but Mackay sped away in a stolen 2002 Acura.

Mackay ran a red light and traveling at speeds estimated at 80 to 95 mph, crashed into a Plymouth Voyager driven by Grassl at Division Street and Hogan Drive. Grassl, who grew up in Sandy and graduated from Sandy High School in 2003, died at the scene. Grassl was heading to Portland to pick up his fiancée when he was killed.

The officer who tried to stop Mackay, a new recruit 17 months into his 18-month probationary period at the time, did not violate the department's chase policies, an internal review later determined. Officer Travis Garrison had activated his patrol car's overhead lights and sirens before pursuing the vehicle for about 15 blocks.