Thanks to dedicated work by the Portland Police Bureau Gun Violence Reduction Team, the man who opened fire on a group of people at the Motel 6, 3104 S.E. Powell Boulevard in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, just before 3 a.m. on September 22 of last year, has now been sentenced to prison.
According to Multnomah County District Court records, after finding two people shot at the motel, police investigators located surveillance video that captured a red Mercedes Benz with Washington license plates having previously pulled into the parking lot of the motel and stopped in front of one of the rooms.
The vehicle was registered to 26-year-old Nehemiah Beavers.
While at the motel, court papers revealed, Beavers had gotten into a fight, and he was captured on video reaching into his car, pulling out a handgun, and shooting towards a group of people. Two were wounded, both of whom survived.
Beavers was subsequently arrested and charged with two Class A Felony counts each of Aggravated Attempted Murder, Attempted Murder; First Degree Assault, and other charges; he was held in lieu of bail at Inverness Jail.
During his six-day trial on one count of First Degree Assault, Beavers changed his plea to guilty on May 6 – and, on June 6, he received a 55-month prison sentence. Upon his release, Beavers will be on three years of post-prison supervision.
A statement from the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office read:
"The State believes is this an appropriate resolution, given the facts of this case, and Mr. Beavers' lack of prior criminal convictions.
"This sentence takes into account Mr. Beavers' willingness to take responsibility for his extremely dangerous actions, while also being mindful of the potential challenges that came up during the trial."
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