CRR man sentenced for assault

William Richardson, of Crooked River Ranch, was sentenced to 80 months in prison for a domestic assault.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - William RichardsonA Crooked River Ranch man, William Dean Richardson, 52, was sentenced to more than six and one-half years in prison May 9, for a violent sexual assault on his domestic partner that occurred at their residence on Feb. 23.

Richardson pleaded no contest to attempting to commit first-degree rape, constituting domestic violence, a Class B felony, and coercion and unlawful use of a weapon, Class C felonies. Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Dan Ahern sentenced Richardson to 80 months in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, and 10 years of post-prison supervision, minus time actually served.

According to the affidavit of probable cause for Richardson's arrest, a deputy was dispatched to Richardson's residence around 11:02 p.m., following a reported domestic disturbance. The victim's adult daughter had interrupted the assault by going to check on her mother, who hadn't been answering phone calls.

When the daughter arrived, she said that Richardson and her mother were seated on the couch, where he had her "pinned." The daughter asked her mother if she was OK, but saw that she wasn't, and took her mother to the CRR Fire Hall, where they called 911.

During the interview with the victim, the deputy learned that Richardson had prevented the victim from leaving the residence, and told her that he was going to rape her and kill her. The deputy saw red marks on the side of the victim's neck and a missing clump of hair, as well as other abrasions from the assault. She reported that he had grabbed her by the throat, and then by the hair on top of her head, as he slammed her head into the ground.

The victim was able to get away when the dogs started barking and Richardson believed that their daughters had returned home.

Richardson was arrested and taken into custody, and then transported by Oregon State Police to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where he was booked on numerous charges.

"The defendant was initially released on a security release of $100,000, and absconded," said District Attorney Steve Leriche. "He was located living in a trailer in Shady Cove, Oregon, as a fugitive, where he was arrested and taken back in to custody."

After he was located, Richardson remained in the county jail until he entered the no contest pleas.

Leriche thanked Ahern for his guidance in an April 25 settlement conference, which helped resolve the case. He also praised Cpl. Jason Evan, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, detective Steve Webb, of the Madras Police Department, and Deputy District Attorney Brooks McClain "for their hard work and commitment to fighting sexual assault and domestic violence."

Richardson must register as a sex offender. Charges of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, fourth-degree assault, and strangulation, all constituting domestic violence, and harassment were dismissed.