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Aaron Cooper Zepeda received nearly six years after pleading guilty to a September 2019 assault.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Aaron Cooper ZepedaA Beaverton man was sentenced to 70 months in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing a stranger at a Beaverton convenience store last September.

According to court records, Aaron Cooper Zepeda pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on June 10. Two related charges for unlawful use of a weapon were dropped as part of the plea bargain.

Zepeda was arrested after attacking another man at a convenience store on Sept. 10, 2019.

According to prosecutors, Zepeda and a friend drove to a convenience store in Beaverton, where Zepeda accosted a customer.

"At one point the defendant got into the victim's personal space, prompting the victim to shove him away," the Washington County District Attorney's Office stated Wednesday, June 17. "Mr. Zepeda then pulled what appeared to be a pocketknife and stabbed the victim in the torso."

Zepeda was reportedly intoxicated at the time and had made comments before arriving at the store that he wanted to "stick" someone.

After being chased from the store by employees, Zepeda eluded police, but he was identified as the suspect from surveillance photos and arrested after a search of his home turned up evidence linking him to the assault. He was arraigned on charges Sept. 26, court records indicate.

Washington County Circuit Judge Oscar Garcia handed down Zepeda's sentence on June 10.

Under Oregon law, the second-degree assault charge to which Zepeda pleaded carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Zepeda has a criminal record in Washington and Multnomah counties that includes multiple convictions for theft and unlawful use of a weapon.

By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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