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At victim’s urging, no jail time for people who tied string across I-205 path

Posted by on June 24th, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Carlene Ostedegaard after being cut by string that was purposely placed across the I-205 path.
(A friend of Carlene Ostedegaard)

Last week the man accused of tying a string across the I-205 bike path in order to hurt someone was sentenced to 20 hours of community service. When we shared that on Twitter, some of our followers felt the consequences should have been more severe.

After all, the string caused several lacerations to the face and neck of Montavilla resident Carlene Ostedegaard, who was biking home from work when she became ensared in the trap.

Today the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced that it was Ms. Ostedegaard’s request that the people who caused her injuries were not jailed.

The DA’s office said the parties in the case have reached a pretrial resolution. 23-year-old Raven Jones was the “primary actor” in the incident and pleaded to one count of assault in the third degree, a Class C felony. Here’s more from the DA’s office:

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Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Katharine von Ter Stegge put Jones on 36 months of formal probation, ordered that she conduct 40 hours of community service, undergo an alcohol evaluation and perform any recommended treatment, write the victim an apology letter within two weeks, and continue to work with a homeless outreach program.

The other person involved in the incident, 27-year-old Antonio Tolman-Duran, has received 12 months probation and must perform 20 hours of community service. Tolman-Duran pleaded no contest to one count of recklessly endangering another person.

“From the onset of this case, the victim expressed her desire that the defendants not be sent to jail and that she receive an apology letter. We are fortunate that the injuries in this case were not more serious,” said Deputy District Attorney Todd Jackson in statement. “These defendants purposefully took string, tied it tightly on both ends across a multi-use path near I-205 and Southeast Division Street.”

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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J_R

Ms. Ostedegaard is much more forgiving than I am. These two perpetrators caused bodily injury. These two may deserve some generosity and forgiveness, but the message sent by their slap-on-the-wrist sentence is “as long as it’s only a cyclist who is harmed, it’s pretty much OK.” If these two had hurled rocks through windshields of cars on I-205, would the DA and the court have been so lenient?

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dwk

It is not really her choice in the matter. She does not represent all cyclists or victims anymore than the two that were arrested represent all homeless living on the i-205 path.
They committed an act that could easily have resulted in death and terrorized the other path users (like me) who have to be on the look out for such devices.
Maybe the DA had more info but the victim of a crime should not determine the sentence. That is on society to decide these matters.

Toby Keith
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Toby Keith

Well thanks a lot for that. Not.

Mark smith
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Mark smith

Unbelievable. Thanks a lot for taking one for the team.

Chris I
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Chris I

I wonder if she would have said the same had the perpetrators been housed, car-driving people?

farron
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farron

Well now, bless her heart.

Bryan Sampsel
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Bryan Sampsel

Carlene Ostedegaard is a hero: compassion and forgiveness take discipline and are in short supply. Although I don’t know her or her motivation, she’s the victim and I applaud her choice. I feel safer knowing people like her live next to me.

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Skid

Facepalm. People who do sh1t like this need to learn from their mistakes, and they won’t if it is a slap on the wrist. They will just go out and do the same thing again. It will just let people who about doing sh1t like this know that they can get away with it.

Their compassion is likely to get others hurt.

TJ
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TJ

I almost got clotheslined under Sandy overpass on I-205 path this Spring. Head was down looking at debris on the pavement and whatever was strung across bounced up off my helmet. No injury, just startled. Called the police and haven’t ridden thru there since.