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Harrisburg residents outraged by drunk driver's 9-month sentence

Jared Jones hit local teenager Jimmy Holland, who lost his leg due to the crash.

Posted: Aug 28, 2019 6:07 PM

HARRISBURG, Ore. -- The Harrisburg community is reacting after a drunk driver who hit a local teenager was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Jared Jones hit Jimmy Holland, whose car was broken down on the side of Diamond Hill Drive, on Dec. 26, 2018. Holland lost his leg in the incident. 

Some community members said they are outraged by what they call a light sentence.

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"I think its awful, I think he is being held accountable but I don't personally think that it's enough because this young man may have his life but his life is completely changed," Harrisburg resident Kara Smart said.

However, Prosecutor Richard Wijers said that a nine month sentence for this type of crime is normal when taking into account Jones' absence of any prior criminal history. 

Wijers said the public usually doesn't understand how the system works, and people often complain that a sentence is too lenient. 

Jones' blood alcohol content was 0.158, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Jones, 25, pleaded guilty to DUII, third degree assault and fourth degree assault on July 29, 2019.

According to court papers, his sentence was reduced to nine months in jail, with credit for time served for the third degree assault charge. The maximum penalty was 10 years and a fine of $250,000.

Jones is scheduled to be released on March 18, 2020. He was also sentenced to three years of post-prison supervision.

A fundraiser for Jimmy Holland is going to be held Sept. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Veterans for Foreign Wars, 5344 Main Street, Springfield.

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