Woodburn man sentenced to 7.5 years for crime spree
A Woodburn man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a crime spree he committed earlier this year.
Eduardo Garcia-Montes, 20, pleaded guilty on Dec. 18 to two counts of attempting to commit a Class A felony (first-degree robbery) and one count of second-degree assault for crimes committed in June. He was sentenced to 90 months, or seven and a half years, in prison and three years of post-prison supervision.
He had been accused of attempting to commit theft, threatening physical harm against three different victims and causing physical harm to one of those victims while carrying out the robbery.
In his guilty plea, he admitted to committing robbery against two victims and assaulting one victim with a knife, all on June 8.
With his guilty plea, one count of first-degree robbery was dropped, along with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
Eduardo Garcia-Montes had also been facing charges stemming from a separate crime spree, which he was accused of committing in April along with another Woodburn man, Mauricio Garcia-Montes, 21. Both men were arrested by Woodburn police in April in connection with a crime spree covering two different areas of the city.
Police arrested the men on a variety of charges ranging from unlawful use of a vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
Officers received a call at 4:30 a.m. April 19 regarding individuals breaking a window in a car in the 1000 block of Park Avenue, according to an April press release from the city of Woodburn. When officers responded, two individuals were attempting to leave the scene.
Officers detained them and discovered a stolen vehicle with a broken side window. The vehicle was stolen about three hours earlier from the 900 block of North Cascade Drive.
Inside the car were items that matched the description of items stolen from vehicles located in the 1200 block of Country Club Road earlier in the evening. Those items were returned to the owners.
"It's a good day when we can return residents' stolen items the day they were taken," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris in the press release. "Our officers did a good job of connecting the dots and taking these two individuals into custody. It is important for the public to remember to report any suspicious activity to police immediately."
Both were booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on April 19 but were later released, according to booking records.
In July this year, Mauricio Garcia-Montes pleaded guilty to second-degree theft for the April crime spree and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. He admitted to stealing $100 or more of merchandise from Walmart on April 18. He has completed that sentence.
In addition, he was ordered to pay $120.28 in restitution to Walmart, $345 for attorney fees and the standard $100 misdemeanor fine. He has not yet paid those fines.
Other charges against Mauricio Garcia-Montes related to the April crime spree, including second-degree criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle, were dismissed.
However, both Mauricio Garcia-Montes and Eduardo Garcia-Montes were ordered to jointly pay $208 in restitution to a victim of the April crime spree, court records show.
It was after Eduardo Garcia-Montes was granted the conditional release from jail for the April case that he committed the June crime spree.
He had been accused of second-degree criminal mischief, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, second-degree theft, and possession of a burglary tool or device for the April crime spree. Those charges were dismissed on Dec. 19, as part of his plea agreement for the case filed in June, according to court records.
Eduardo Garcia-Montes is currently lodged at the Coffee Creek Intake Center.