Newberg man sentenced for pair of violent crimes
A Newberg man with a history of threatening people had his fate handed to him in court recently – time in prison.
In early March, Levi Eric Weinstein, 24, pled guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon in Yamhill County Circuit Court before Judge John Collins. Collins sentenced Weinstein to 30 days in jail, five months in prison, two years of probation and two years of post-prison supervision.
In exchange for his guilty plea, charges of menacing, attempt to commit a Class A felony and resisting arrest were dismissed.
Weinstein's court appearance on the weapons charge paralleled separate charges filed against him in another case.
In June 2018 he was arrested by McMinnville police officers on allegations he threatened a woman in a checkout line at the local Safeway store. Weinstein was charged with harassment and strangulation.
He pled no contest to a strangulation charge in that case and received a sentence of 10 days in jail by Judge Edward Jones. The harassment charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.
According to a probable cause affidavit completed by MPD Officer Nathan Anderson, Weinstein approached an acquaintance in the checkout line at the local Safeway and said "What the …. are you doing here?" before grabbing the woman by the neck.
"The victim explained the pressure was 'enough to close my windpipe a little bit' and that the pain was a '5.5 or 6' on a scale of one to 10, ten being the worst paint she has even been in," Anderson wrote. "According to the victim, Levi said 'I could easily kill you, but I'll wait.'"
Weinstein was arrested soon after and charged with strangulation and harassment. He was released on bail.
Weinstein had his second run in with the law in mid-November when he was arrested by a Yamhill County sheriff's deputy following an incident in Lafayette. In probable cause affidavit, YCSO Sgt. Don Stackpole said Weinstein was visiting a resident of a home in Lafayette and got in an argument with a housemate that resulted in Weinstein pulling a knife on the individual, who is physically disabled, and saying "I'm going to slice your throat, I should kill you."
Another resident of the home reportedly pulled Weinstein away from the victim, at which time he turned toward a third resident of the home, a pregnant female, and flung a 40-ounce glass beer bottle at her head.
"Victim 2 was able to avoid the thrown bottle and the bottle impacted the wall," Stackpole wrote. "I observed that there was a dent in the wall consistent with the grooved bottle caps I know are commonly used on bottles of that size."
Police were dispatched to the scene and were greeted by a Weinstein who was "extremely belligerent."
"He refused to follow simple commands … We were able to physically detain Weinstein. As I attempted to place him my patrol car so that I could continue taking statements from other persons at the scene, Weinstein 'donkey kicked' backward, impacting my right leg."
Weinstein was determined indigent by the courts and remained in jail since November, meaning that with time served he is slated to be released Monday.
In addition to probation, fines and paying restitution to his victims, Weinstein was ordered to undergo a mental health assessment and to not have any contact with his victims.
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