Jefferson County Circuit Court Roundup for June 15-19
Warm Springs man pleads not guilty to assault, harassment
Derek Thomas Kelly, 30, of Warm Springs, pleaded not guilty to four charges in Jefferson County Circuit Court Thursday, June 18.
Kelly was charged with third- and fourth-degree assault and two counts of harassment. The indictment names two alleged victims in an incident on March 26 on Northwest Depot Road.
He was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office March 27.
He was released from jail Thursday, June 18.
2 men plead not guilty to stealing gun, ammo
Two Madras men accused of breaking into a home and stealing a firearm and ammunition pleaded not guilty Thursday, June 18, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Cody James Smoldt, 26, and Elijah Dustin Kerfoot, 18, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree theft, and second-degree criminal mischief in Jefferson County Circuit Court Thursday, June 18.
Kerfoot is accused of entering and staying in a home on Pony Butte Road and stealing at least one firearm, ammunition and an alcoholic beverage on April 5. The indictment in the case also says Kerfoot damaged the house.
Both were cited by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office April 8.
Smoldt was conditionally released from the Jefferson County Correctional Facility May 18.
Madras man pleads not guilty to burglary, weapons charges
Matthew Logan Lockett, 33, of Madras, pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and one of coercion Thursday, June 18, in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
The charges were brought after a man said three armed men pushed their way into his apartment on H Street on June 10, and one pointed a weapon at him and told him to kneel. The burglar told the resident he was looking for the resident's father, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by a Madras Police officer.
The man later picked Lockett out of a photo lineup, and Madras Police and the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team raided his home in Strawberry Heights the evening of June 11. There, according to the affidavit, they found a Winchester model 94 rifle in the attic crawl space.
The people he lived with said they didn't recall Lockett being home the night of June 10, the affidavit said. Lockett told police he was home all night and had been for three days straight.
The district attorney's office notified the court it will seek stiffer penalties because Lockett was on probation at the time of the alleged crime, that "prior criminal justice system sanctions have not deterred" him and that he has "demonstrated disregard for laws and rules, making successful probation unlikely."
Lockett pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2017 and again in 2019. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants, recklessly endangering another person, methamphetamine possession and fourth-degree assault in 2018 in Deschutes County. He pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle in 2014. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle and one count of second-degree theft in Deschutes County.
As of Friday, June 19, Lockett was being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on $75,000 security.
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