Jefferson County Circuit Court Roundup for May 11-22
Warm Springs man pleads not guilty to stealing iPhone
Cody Allen Lesina, 34, of Warm Springs, pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary Thursday, May 14, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Lesina was accused of stealing a $600 iPhone 11 from a residence.
On May 10, Madras Police responded to a report of a burglary on L Street. At 12:57 p.m. the next day, an officer was told there was a suspect in the burglary walking on 10th Street near Buff Street, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police.
The officer identified the person as Lesina, and one of the alleged victims walked up to the officer while he was talking with Lesina. She "informed me that the person I was speaking with (Mr. Lesina) was the person she saw walking out of her residence yesterday," the officer wrote.
Then the other alleged victim arrived and said, "Yep, that's the guy."
The officer who took the initial report said the burglar got into the residence through a screen.
Lesina has also been accused of a probation violation. He had left court-ordered residential drug treatment on Sunday, May 10, against recommendations of his treatment providers, according to a report filed by his probation officer. The report said Lesina admitted to "two hits" of methamphetamine the same day he was arrested.
"Mr. Lesina shows brief periods of compliance, but then quickly returns to his pro-criminal behavior," the report said.
Lesina's felony convictions include unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in October of 2019, first-degree burglary and third-degree theft in 2016, and possession of methamphetamine and carrying a concealed weapon in 2010.
As of Monday, May 18, he was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $50,000 security.
Man accused of waving rifle pleads not guilty
Douglas George Gilbert, 25, of Warm Springs, pleaded not guilty to three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, three counts of menacing and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct Thursday, May 14, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Gilbert is accused of waving a firearm at people in two separate incidents. A construction worker at Dairy Queen reported that a man had waved a rifle at him and a dump truck driver early May 8.
And a girl said a man with a rifle had pointed it at her and a carful of friends near Madras High School about 10 minutes earlier.
One was near Dairy Queen, and the other was near Madras High School.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Madras Police, at 12:37 a.m. May 8, police received a report of "a man who had a firearm and had 'waved it' at (a) construction worker at the Dairy Queen parking lot." Then the man left the scene. In an interview later, the construction worker said a man had waved a rifle at him and a dump truck driver.
A Madras officer and two Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies saw Gilbert — whom they had suspected earlier — walking near Highway 97 and Plum and Poplar streets. They "all circled and directed our patrol vehicles at him with our vehicle lights on him. The man stopped and stared us at us with his right side bladed and concealed."
The Madras officer drew his weapon and told the man to show his hands.
"The man did not comply, so I again told him to drop whatever he had in his right hand on the ground," the affidavit said. "The man raised a black rifle in his right hand slightly, showing us, and then put it on the ground."
The officer then told him to walk toward them and detained him.
Police said the man identified himself and told them he had a knife. They also found a glass pipe, "which appeared to be a methamphetamine pipe," the affidavit said.
Gilbert told police he found the rifle — a 10-22 .22-caliber Mossberg that had a sawed-off rifle stock, which had been shaved into a handle — and the pipe near Safeway.
Gilbert said he walked by Dairy Queen with the rifle but didn't say anything or make a gesture with the gun.
George was released on Friday, May 15, after posting $1,500 of the $15,000 security set in his case.
Travis Jordan Daffern, 24, of Bend, was sentenced to 14 months in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections and two years of post-prison supervision after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in Jefferson County Circuit Court Wednesday, May 20. The sentence was concurrent with one for misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, which occurred on May 4.
Daffern was also charged with heroin and methamphetamine possession, but those charges were dismissed.
Daffern was convicted of third-degree robbery in 2017.
Warm Springs Tribal Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Daffern on Feb. 28. His sentencing document says the crime occurred on Jan. 20. He was arrested by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department on April 6.
Katie Lynn Bregenzer, 30, of Metolius, was sentenced to 30 days in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and 18 months of supervised probation in Jefferson County Circuit Court Monday, May 18.
Bregenzer pleaded guilty to a single count of identity theft for using two people's identification on April 18, 2019.
One count of attempt to commit a Class C/unclassified misdemeanor was dismissed.
She was ordered to spend an additional 10 days in jail, and her probation from a previous case was revoked.
In 2019, Bregenzer pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle.
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