200 months in prison for Inner Southeast domestic abuser
On April 5, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that Justin Douglas Hatchell, age 28, had been sentenced to 200 months in prison after a Multnomah County jury found him guilty of two separate extraordinary attacks against former girlfriends.
The Portland Police Bureau began its investigation into Hatchell in April of last year.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Hatchell, on separate occasions, held two of his former girlfriends against their will at a home in the 4800 block of S.E. 62nd Avenue in Inner Southeast.
"The violence exhibited by Justin Hatchell in these cases is particularly alarming," Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kelley Rhoades, who prosecuted this case, told the press. "The trauma these women experienced is just evil. These women suffered some of the worst physical and mental abuse possible. The brutality inflicted by Justin Hatchell will be with them for the rest of their lives."
Evidence was presented during the trial showing that, in July of 2016, the first victim had been kept at the house for approximately three weeks while she was raped, assaulted, and strangled.
Evidence at the trial showed that in March of 2017, the other victim was assaulted so badly that she now has permanent nerve damage to her face. The jury also learned that Hatchell kept that woman locked in his bedroom for a week because he did not want the anyone to see her injuries.
In that incident, the jury learned, Hatchell used a wooden beam to prevent the door from opening, thus preventing his second victim from leaving the windowless room. The jury also found that Hatchell tied a wire on the other side of the door and used it as a second layer of defense to prevent the woman from escaping.
Even after being arrested and booked into jail, Hatchell continued to try to manipulate and control one of the women. He sent her a letter that tried to convince her against appearing in court against him.
"The jury in this case handed down the appropriate verdict," Rhoades said.
At the sentencing on April 5, Rhoades told the court that Hatchell has proven he is not just aggressive towards his intimate partners, but that he is aggressive with members of the community as well, and will attack anyone without provocation. Rhoades told the court that. "he is a violent person, a time bomb; and he enjoys fighting."
The jury's verdict found Hatchell guilty of two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of coercion, seven counts of strangulation, seven counts of fourth-degree assault, and one count each of second-degree assault and tampering with a witness.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Victim Advocates program provided extensive help to both women throughout the case.
Detective Ross Dormady, who is assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Family Services Division "Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT)", led the investigation.