Anthony Mark Gonzales, the Beaverton man arrested in connection with the January 2018 slaying of a Newberg resident, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge last week in Yamhill County Circuit Court.
Gonzales, 28, was arrested five months after the murder of Jack Alan Burnell in an alley near Nap's Thriftway. He was charged in late June 2018 with murder and hindering prosecution. The murder charge was dropped against Gonzales by a grand jury after meeting to consider the allegations against him, but remain applied to the alleged shooter in the death, Rees Gilmore Dikeos, 21.
A second charge of hindering prosecution was dismissed as part of a plea deal that Gonzales' counsel, McMinnville attorney Mark Lawrence, struck with prosecutors Holly Winter and Kathryn Lynch.
Judge Ladd Wiles sentenced Gonzales on July 8 to 13 months in prison and two years of post-prison supervision, as well as payment of $2,000 in attorney and court fees and fines. Gonzales was also ordered to have no contact with Dikeos, still in custody on the murder charge, nor anyone within the Burnell family.
A jury trial in Gonzales' case had been set for July 9 in Wiles' courtroom after he had appeared at a trial readiness hearing the prior week.
Winter declined to comment on whether Gonzales would testify against Dikeos should his murder case go to trial, other than to say Gonzales is on the witness list for the December trial.
In custody at time of sentencing
At the time of the sentencing Gonzales was in custody after he was found to have violated an agreement that released him from the county jail. On June 12, Yamhill County Pretrial Services Officer Samantha Harrington filed a motion saying Gonzales violated a July 2018 release agreement by making contact with a victim in a Washington County case.
"On 6/11/2019, pretrial (services) received a police report from Beaverton Police Department stating that on 5/31/19 the defendant was angry at the alleged victim … and became violent and destroying the home of the alleged victim and had cornered the alleged victim in a room while holding a baby," Harrington wrote in the motion.
A warrant for hindering prosecution was issued for Gonzales' arrest on June 18, then rescinded soon after he was apprehended in Newberg.
Dikeos' troubles mount
Dikeos was charged in May with harassment after allegedly attacking a fellow inmate at the Yamhill County jail. However, that charge pales compared to the trouble he faces in Marion County, where he was charged last year with attempted aggravated murder, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree attempted assault. Those charges stem, according to an indictment handed down by a Marion County grand jury, from shots he fired at a witness at a Salem motel a day prior to Burnell's murder.
The Marion County case appears to be on hold until Dikeos faces trial in the Burnell death in Newberg. He remains incarcerated in the Yamhill County jail and his trial was slated to begin July 8, with a trial readiness hearing slated for the day prior. However, Wiles granted a motion in early July postponing the trail to December. Prosecutors and Dikeos' counsels, attorneys Ted Coran and Carol Frederick, had been negotiating a settlement in the case up until late May, but an agreement has not been reached, according to a report filed May 29.
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