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Albany Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

Lee MorrillCORVALLIS, Ore. — In March, a YouTube video of a Corvallis arrest went viral. It was recorded by bystanders who argued deputies had no right to arrest the Albany man.

But Tuesday, the man in the video — 25-year-old Lee Morrill — pleaded guilty to assaulting a public safety officer, DUII and resisting arrest.

A Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested the man after he says Morrill was drinking and driving, then tried to leave the scene. The Sheriff’s Office says the video was taken out of context, and that Morrill was not cooperating with deputies.

Lieutenant Don Rogers says the Sheriff’s Office stands behind the deputy, and that it’s pleased with Morrill’s guilty plea.

“I think it makes us feel better, and it was obviously good for the deputy who was involved to have it shown that he was doing the right thing and doing what was best for the community,”┬áhe said. “We fully supported the deputy. We reviewed the case, we reviewed the video, his video included, and felt that he did everything the way he’s trained to do it.”

Morrill will serve 10 days in jail, one year of probation, and will complete a diversion treatment program for his DUII charge.

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  1. Jaded says:

    Pleading guilty means nothing in our corrupt court and so-called justiice system

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