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Jacob Cadle plead guilty to December 2019 shooting; second suspect awaits court date

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after shooting and killing a 23-year-old man in Gresham during a drug deal gone bad.

Jacob Cadle plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter, first-degree robbery with a firearm and first-degree attempted assault. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Friday, March 12, Cadle will receive a 216-month prison sentence after the death of Joshua Cermack.

Cermack's family and the loved ones of the surviving shooting victim were in support of the resolution, court documents showed.

The investigation began on Dec. 21, 2019, when Gresham Police officers found the body of Cermack in the driver's seat of his pickup near the intersection of Northeast 188th Avenue and Irving Court. Another injured adult was in the passenger seat.

Both victims had been shot multiple times and Cermack died at the scene.

Detectives learned the surviving victim had arranged to sell marijuana to an acquaintance named Zion Evans, and another person who referred to themselves as "smokeboy" on social media — an individual they would later determine to be Cadle.

Police said both Evans and Cadle fired into the vehicle after formulating a plan to rob the victims.

Evans is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, two counts of robbery and one count of assault. His case is tentatively set for July 2021.

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