Victim barely survived October attack in Sellwood Park

As reported in The Bee in April, three of the four youths charged in the near-fatal beating in Sellwood Park last October of 32-year-old Damon Brenchley, a homeless man who frequented the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood, made a plea bargain with the prosecution, admitting guilt and receiving substantial prison terms.

The fourth of the four, Matthew David Coppernoll, pleaded guilty to second degree assault and was to be sentenced later.

Coppernoll, 19, faced the judge on June 8th in Multnomah County Court, and received a five-year prison sentence, with credit for time served. The sentence also includes three years of supervision after leaving prison.

Brenchley, who barely survived the attack, is reported to have severe head injuries; is barely able to speak; and will spend the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.

Prosecutors say Brenchley encountered the four drinking at night in the park a week before Halloween and exchanged words with them, which led to the beating.

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