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Three of six suspects in assault sentenced to prison


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Three of the six men accused of attacking four other people at an east Baker City home this spring have been sentenced to prison terms.

Five of the six men were arrested after police were called to a report of a fight in the 1800 block of Valley Avenue on May 10. The sixth suspect was arrested the next day.

Police said the victims, Julie Gonzalez, Dustin Melgarejo, Homer Relaford, and Shalon Spriet, all of Baker City, received minor injuries in the brawl when they were punched, shoved and slapped by the defendants.

Sentenced in Baker County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to third-degree assault and riot, both Class C felonies were:

• Benjamin Woods, 26, of La Grande. Woods was sentenced Aug. 12 and will serve 50 months in prison and be placed on two years’ post-prison supervision after release. Two misdemeanor charges of felon in possession of a switchblade knife and criminal trespassing were dismissed in a plea agreement with the district attorneys office.Woods was represented by Gary Kiyuna, a Nyssa attorney.

• Anthony Morgan Mailman, 24, of La Grande, was sentenced July 14 and will serve 20 months in prison and complete two years of post-prison supervision upon release. He was sentenced to 14 months for third-degree assault and another 14 months for riot, with six months of that time to be served consecutively and eight months to be served concurrently, according to the sentence order. Other charges of felon in possession of a switchblade knife, fourth-degree assault and criminal trespassing were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Mailman was represented by Baker City attorney Ken Bardizian.

• Daniel Wesley Dixon, 22, 2705 Sixth St., was sentenced on July 17to 36 months in prison. He was sentenced to 17 months for third-degree assault and placed on two years’ supervised probation for the riot conviction. Judge Greg Baxter also revoked Dixon’s probation on prior convictions for third-degree rape and fourth-degree felony assault, for which he received a 19-month suspended sentence.

Baxter imposed the sentence after Dixon violated his probation, sentencing him to the additional 19 months, to run consecutive to the 17-month prison term for a total of 36 months in prison.

Dismissed as part of a plea agreement were two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count each of harassment and criminal trespassing. Dixon was represented by Victoria Moffet, a La Grande attorney.

Prison sentences were determined based on state guidelines and each defendant’s prior criminal history, said District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.

Trial is pending on the three remaining defendants: Kyle Dixon, 21, of 2705 Sixth St.; Thomas Dean Goodwin, 20, of  2675 Ninth St.; and Peter Morales, 25, of La Grande.


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