A woman was sentenced on July 7 after being convicted at trial of multiple criminal charges filed as a result of her attempt to elude police last April.
Deputy Ronald Larson with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office stopped Jeani Elyse Marlatt's vehicle in Culver on April 18 after determining she was driving with a suspended driver's license. Marlatt, 30, of Lexington, Oregon, ignored Deputy Larson's instructions and drove away from the stop when Deputy Larson attempted to reach into her vehicle to turn it off.
Deputy Larson was dragged for 50-80 feet and sustained injuries as a result. Deputy Justin Silence was on scene and pursued Marlatt as she fled. Additional officers, including Deputy Jason Pollock of the JCSO, Sheriff Jim Adkins, and Detective Steve Webb of the Madras Police Department assisted with the pursuit, which lasted for approximately 25 minutes and ended when Marlatt crashed her vehicle into a fence near Colfax Lane after her tires were punctured by a "stop stick" deployed by law enforcement.
Prior to stopping, Marlatt also crashed into a horse trailer being pulled by two young women from Madras, who sustained injuries as a result of the crash. It was revealed at trial that Marlatt received a sentence of probation for dragging a police officer during an attempt to flee a traffic stop in Umatilla
County in July, 2016.
The State, represented by Senior Deputy District Attorney Brentley Foster, asked the court to impose a sentence of 184 months, citing the Defendant's status on probation for identical conduct at the time of the offense, her prior criminal history, and her lack of remorse.
The Defendant, represented by Jennifer Kimble, argued that Marlatt clearly has underlying mental health issues that affected her judgment and
requested a more lenient sentence.
After hearing from the parties, Judge Annette Hillman sentenced Marlatt to 164 months in prison.
Seventy months of Marlatt's sentence is a Measure 11 sentence, meaning she is not eligible to participate in any programs or earn time off for good behavior. Marlatt is eligible to participate in programs and earn time off for good behavior for the remaining 94 months of her sentence. Hillman
pointed out that the Defendant's status on probation for identical conduct and pattern of using a motor vehicle in criminal offenses along with jury findings that prior criminal justice system sanctions had not
deterred Marlatt's conduct, that Marlatt committed another crime in order to evade criminal sanctions, and that Marlatt demonstrated disregard for laws and rules that warranted a significant sentence.
District Attorney Steve Leriche was pleased with the sentence, as he felt it reflected a serious consequence for occassions when a law enforcement officer and members of the public are injured by a repeat offender.
Leriche also thanked the JCSO and the Madras Police Department for their commitment to protecting the people of Jefferson County, and specifically commended Officer Monty Toombs of the Stanfield Police Department in Umatilla County, Oregon, for his ongoing assistance with the case.