Madras couple sentenced for Oct. 5 kidnapping
A married couple who were charged with kidnapping and assaulting a woman in October were sentenced Dec. 6, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Dale Eugene Graybeal, 29, pleaded no contest to coercion, a Class C felony, and was sentenced to four years in prison, while Kayla Danielle Graybeal, 27, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony, and was sentenced to 60 days in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, which she had already served.
The incident occurred on Oct. 5, when the victim, Della Simmelink, 33, allegedly went to the trailer at Tops Trailer Park to sell methamphetamine to Kayla Graybeal. Graybeal asked Simmelink for help with the drug, and once Simmelink was inside the trailer, she was knocked down and bound by Dale Graybeal and another man.
Later, Simmelink was able to untie herself and escape through a window, wearing only her bra. A neighbor took her to the hospital, which contacted police.
The next day, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant at the residence, where the Graybeals were arrested without incident, and transported to the JCCF.
Three children, one elementary-school age, and two younger ones, were taken into protective custody by the Department of Human Services. All three children remain in foster care.
Evidence of the crimes, including methamphetamine, were located and seized inside the residence, police reported.
Dale Graybeal is not eligible for early release, and must also serve one year of post-prison supervision. Circuit Court Judge Daina Vitolins dismissed charges of first-degree conspiracy and kidnapping, second-degree conspiracy and kidnapping, third- and fourth-degree assault, and strangulation as part of the negotiation.
In addition to her 60-day sentence, Kayla Graybeal was sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Charges of first- and second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit a Class B felony were dismissed.
The victim, Della Simmelink is currently scheduled to go on trial Jan. 24, on two counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, Class C felonies, third-degree theft and theft of merchandise. She is on conditional release.
"Negotiations were largely based on the strength of the evidence, and given the strength of the case, the prosecutor agreed with the result she negotiated," said Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche. The case was prosecuted by Brentley Steele Foster. Dale Graybeal was represented by attorney Laura Moszer, and Kayla Graybeal by attorney Matthew Murphy.