Press Releases

Sep
10
Press Release
This afternoon defendant William Paul Cisneros was found unanimously guilty by a jury of his peers after a four day trial, of Rape in the First Degree (Class A Felony), four counts of Sodomy in the First Degree (Class A Felony), two counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Class A Felony), two counts of Sex Abuse in the First Degree (Class B Felony), and one count of Luring a Minor (Class C Felony). The defendant showed no remorse for the rape and...
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Aug
19
Press Release
Defendant Gary Kent Peterson was convicted of Robbery in the Third Degree and Theft in the Second Degree after a trial on August 19, 2014, for the robbery of a local bank on June 16, 2014. Deputy District Attorney Kandy Gies prosecuted the case with the assistance of the Bend Police Department, the Stayton Police Department and employees of the bank...
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Jun
16
Press Release
Today, Luke Wirkkala was convicted for the murder of David Ryder. The jury was attentive and spent nine days listening to the testimony at trial and receiving exhibits. The jury applied the facts to the law and the defendant was convicted.
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Apr
11
Press Release
DDA Matt Nelson convicted defendant Wesley Bryan of three separate counts of Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana to a Minor and five separate counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The children he delivered the Marijuana to, by allowing them to smoke it, were between 10 and 14 years of age. This investigation was conducted by the Bend Police Department, another co-defendant previously plead guilty to charges as well. The defendant will be sentenced on April 21, 2014.
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Apr
10
Press Release
Justice Reinvestment Program Grant Program The Deschutes County District Attorney is authorized to recommend grant approval of discretionary grants to qualified community-based victim of crime service providers for projects or activities that benefit victims of crime in Deschutes County. Discretionary grants are made available through the Justice Reinvestment Program.
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