Teen Sentenced in Assault Case

2-27 Jimenez and KingALBANY, Ore. — A Salem teenager was sentenced on Thursday to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a Lebanon man with cerebral palsy.

Eighteen-year-old Trevin King pleaded guilty to assault in the second degree, and no contest to robbery in the first degree. Both crimes fall under Measure 11 with minimum mandatory sentences.

Police say King and 19-year-old Jesse Jimenez assaulted 49-year-old Ronald Whitehead in August and stole his bike.

Jimenez is pleading not guilty and will go to trial in May.

King will serve 120 months in prison and will receive 36 months of post-prison supervision.

Whitehead’s family was in the courtroom on Thursday for the sentencing. The victim’s brother, Alan Wise, addressed the court before the judge revealed the sentence.

“Ron’s 49-years old,” he said. “And he now has feeding tubes. He wears a diaper. He did not deserve this.”

Wise says his brother was in a coma for about a month, and now he’s in a care facility in Portland.

“Somebody will go up there about every week to see how he’s doing,” he said. “And you come back from the hospital and feel angry and very upset.”

Wise says ten years of prison time does not amount to the time Whitehead will be in the hospital.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Maria Wise-Toney, Whitehead’s niece. “Nothing really is enough, you know. He’s facing the rest of his life in the hospital.”

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