By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
After then Governor Brown gave an early prison exit commutation to Jesse Lee Calhoun, 38, he was later tied as a suspect in the deaths of four women. Three other early release criminals have caused problems and violations of their early release.
The Oregonian notes, “Timothy Lepesh, 51, who was accused of first-degree theft related to stealing from the Apple Store in Portland in December; Chad Southwell, 37, who was accused in February of possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle in Multnomah County; William R. Miskell, 45, who left the state, violating the conditions of parole; and Kristan N. Cifuentes Roblero, 37, who was accused in March in Clackamas County of aggravated identity theft.”
We applaud Governor Kotek making this positive step towards holding criminals accountable.
We previously reported below,
The Willamette Week reports that Jeese Lee Calhoun, 38, is being investigated over the recent four deaths of women in the Portland area. Calhoun
was part of the 1,000 inmates released early by then-Governor Kate Brown by granting clemency. Interestingly, of the 1,000 clemencies, it is the only only hat has been revoked.
The Willamette Week reports, “Law Enforcement Officials Suspect a Multnomah County Man Released Early From Prison Is a Serial Killer.
Jesse Lee Calhoun is in custody but has not yet been charged in any of the deaths of six women earlier this year. …On June 6, officers from agencies that included the Multnomah and Clackamas county sheriff’s offices and the U.S. Marshals Service moved to arrest Calhoun on a parole violation.When officers contacted Calhoun, who records show is 6-foot-4 and 266 pounds and has a history of resisting arrest, he plunged into the Willamette River in Milwaukie and tried to escape. Officers subdued him and initially booked him on a parole violation on June 6 in Clackamas County (where one of the six women’s bodies was found), transferred him to Multnomah County (where three women were found) the next day, and then moved him to Snake River, a state prison near the Idaho border.”
This is not the only time an early-release criminal by Brown caused problems.
The Geer Park murder suspect was also released early under Governor’s plan.