Beaverton man convicted of felony assault for ramming motorcycle
A Beaverton man was convicted Friday, July 31, on two counts of first-degree assault and other felony charges in connection with a hit-and-run in Aloha nearly a year ago.
Stephen Matthew Lister was charged with two counts apiece of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, failure to perform the duties of a driver and attempted murder after he was arrested for striking a motorcycle and then driving away from the scene on Aug. 22, 2019, near Southwest 175th Avenue and Blanton Street in Aloha, just south of Tualatin Valley Highway.
Two people, a man and a woman, were on the motorcycle. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said the male victim was able to identify the suspect as Lister and told deputies they had argued before Lister crashed his vehicle into the motorcycle he was riding.
Both victims were "severely injured," prosecutors noted, with the woman suffering a spinal injury that required hospitalization.
Lister was arrested in Aloha the following day after a brief standoff with police.
The case went to trial last week.
A Washington County jury voted to convict Lister on the assault, weapon and hit-and-run charges, but it did not return a verdict on the attempted murder charges. Washington County Circuit Judge Ted Sims declared a mistrial on those counts.
Stephen Mayer, a spokesperson for the Washington County District Attorney's Office, said Monday, Aug. 3, that prosecutors have not decided whether to seek a new trial on the attempted murder charges.
A sentencing hearing has been set for Thursday, Aug. 6, for the counts on which Lister was found guilty.
Lister could face a maximum of 60 years in prison under state law.
Mayer said prosecutors will decide whether to ask for a retrial after the sentencing hearing.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information from the Washington County District Attorney's Office on whether a new trial could be sought.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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