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Defendant Eddie Tamaras Silas assaulted his girlfriend and shot her cousin in July 2021. He was found guilty May 12.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE - Eddie Tamaras SilasA Washington County jury found a man guilty of attempted murder, assault and other charges on Thursday, May 12, from a July 2021 incident in Aloha.

Eddie Tamaras Silas was found guilty of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm as a felon, and two counts of tampering with a witness, according to a press release from the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

Deputy DA Matt Wise prosecuted the case before Jude Eric Butterfield.

According to the DA's Office, Silas hosted a party with his girlfriend at her home in Aloha on July 3, 2021. After the party ended, authorities said Silas became angry with his girlfriend and physically assaulted her while screaming.

The press release said the girlfriend's teenage daughter was home at the time of the assault.

The defendant then took his girlfriend's cellphone without permission, went through it and called her cousin, whom he told to come to the house before threatening to kill him, the DA's Office said.

The woman's cousin arrived 20 minutes later and the teenage daughter answered the door. The cousin took a step inside and Silas immediately opened fire on him with a handgun, the press release said.

The victim was hit once with hollow-point ammunition and was severely wounded, but he later made a full recovery, prosecutors said.

A home surveillance camera captured the events.

Deputies with the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, and investigators matched bullets found in the victim to the defendant's weapon.

While in custody at the Washington County Jail, Silas also attempted to influence his girlfriend's testimony to affect the outcome of the trial, according to the press release.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Silas will remain in custody until he is turned over to the Oregon Department of Corrections pending sentencing.


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