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Cornelius man sentenced in fatal drug case

Receives 36 months probation for role in drug delivery


A Washington County man was sentenced to 36 months of probation Wednesday in Columbia County Circuit Court for his participation in the delivery of what he thought was the drug ecstasy in July 2012.

The pills — which were found to not actually be ecstasy — were eventually given to four girls at a party in Vernonia, causing them all to take ill and killing one, Kendall Grady of Scappoose, who at the time was 15 years old.

Michael Alan McClure, 20, of Cornelius, was charged with the Class C felony of delivery of a controlled substance, but was not the only person involved in delivering the drugs that eventually would lead to Kendall Grady’s death.

John Morrison, of Tigard, allegedly provided McClure with the drugs and has just been arraigned on charges. Andrew Graf, of Forest Grove, who McClure handed the drugs off to before delivery to the four girls, is still in pretrial, said Columbia County District Attorney Stephen Atchison.

Atchison said the drug that was thought to be ecstasy was similar in name, but entirely different in molecular makeup.

Mike and Ilene Grady, Kendall’s grandparents, were the victim’s only family members present at the trial.

“I wish there would be a prison sentence, but I understand,” Ilene Grady said. “He didn’t mean to kill anybody. But if he does try to sell drugs again, I hope he does go to prison because he knows the consequences.”

“Kendall was our granddaughter,” Mike Grady said, “We miss her dearly.”

The terms of McClure’s sentence state that if he should violate his probation he may be ordered to serve up to 18 months in prison, Atchison said.

Without the option to place McClure in jail for a period of time due to the Columbia County Jail’s budget restrictions, the probation option was the best sentence to ensure accountability, he added.

McClure had no criminal history prior to the July 2012 incident and apparently destroyed the rest of the drugs he had after hearing about Kendall’s death, said McClure’s attorney Jennifer Robbins.

“He has no criminal history and wants to get through his probation and start attending college,” Robbins said. “I know Mr. McClure is remorseful for this act.”

“I’m really sorry,” McClure said, turning to the victim’s grandparents. “I would’ve never wanted this to happen to Kendall.”

“I imagine this will direct your life for the rest of your life,” said Circuit Court Judge Jean Martwick “I can see the genuine look of remorse in your face, which I am happy to see.”

After handing down McClure’s sentence, Martwick continued, “One of the hardest things will be to come to peace with this, because it’s going to haunt you.”