Alleged drunk driver connected to 2019 assault case

The man pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and menacing in 2019.

Posted: May 25, 2020 4:22 PM
Updated: May 25, 2020 4:25 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Ore. -- A man accused of driving drunk and killing two teenagers near Brownsville over the weekend was convicted of assault and menacing in 2019.

Court records show Austyn Hillsman, 21, of Junction City pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and menacing.

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He was sentenced to three years of probation and 10 days in jail with credit for time served.

The original probation included not allowing Hillsman to possess or drink alcohol, but that requirement was removed a short time later.

Currently, Hillsman is being held in the Linn County Jail on charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts of criminal negligent homicide in connection with the crash.

He’s held on a nearly $30,000 bail.

So far, no court date has been officially scheduled.

Caleb Simonis, 19, and Shelby Simonis, 16, were killed in the crash. Kylee Simonis, 15, survived and is recovering in RiverBend Hospital.

Hillsman was not seriously injured in the crash.

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