Wilsonville resident Reymon Reyes was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in Oregon Youth Authority custody by Clackamas County Circuit Court following a crash that resulted in a death and three injuries in 2019.
The Oregonian first reported on this decision, which was made Friday, Feb. 5. According to the news organization's report, Reyes graduated from Wilsonville High after the wreck and had taken responsibility for the crime. Reyes will serve his sentence at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.
When he was 17, Reyes, now 18, drove through a stop sign on Newland Road while driving a 2015 Mercedes Sedan when he struck 65-year-old Milwaukie resident Gregory Edwin Frogner, who was driving on Stafford Road, on July 12, 2019, near the West Linn-Wilsonville School District headquarters. Two juveniles were in the car with Reyes at the time. Frogner was determined to have died when responders arrived, according to a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office release.
Bill Golden, a Clackamas County District Attorney's Office prosecutor in the case, said the office decided to prosecute Reyes as a juvenile rather than an adult because of his minimal criminal history and because the act was unintentional. Generally speaking, he said, perpetrators of intentional acts of murder or violent crimes are more likely to be tried as an adult. If Reyes had been tried as an adult, he would have received a minimum sentence of 75 months in prison if convicted of second-degree manslaughter (Golden said Reyes was originally charged with manslaughter). Reyes was instead convicted of criminally-negligent homicide, which is a Class B felony.
Golden noted that Reyes cannot be detained beyond age 25 and that the OYA could at some point decide to parole Reyes or apply for the termination of his sentence, meaning the 10-year number does not indicate how long Reyes will actually serve.
"For this case we looked at all those things and decided that overall the type of crime that it was, the juvenile system could reform him whereas the adult system wasn't necessarily a place that could do that," Golden said.
He added: "He didn't set out to hurt anyone that day. He was doing reckless and stupid things."
The prosecutor said the information he could provide in this case was limited due to a confidentiality statute for juvenile crimes.
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