HILLSBORO, Ore.- On May 7, 2021, Judge Erik Buchér sentenced James Sekou Jones to 70 months in prison after a jury convicted the defendant of two counts of second-degree robbery and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case.

On November 13, 2019, the two victims met the defendant over social media and arranged for an exchange of marijuana. The defendant suggested they meet at an apartment complex in Tualatin, Oregon. The victims drove to the location late in the evening where the defendant and an accomplice entered the vehicle and sat in the backseats. Mr. Jones and his accomplice threatened the victims with what the victims believed was a gun and demanded they leave their property and exit the vehicle. The two men then fled in the stolen vehicle.

Tualatin police responded to the scene. They eventually located the vehicle abandoned at a second apartment complex. They then used information gathered from social media to identify Mr. Jones and his accomplice. The pair left the state before authorities could arrest them, but Mr. Jones was eventually arrested in Mississippi and extradited back to Washington County, Oregon for prosecution.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the investigative work of the Tualatin Police Department on this case, as well as the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s Forensic Unit. 

In addition to his prison sentence, Mr. Jones was also ordered to undergo post-prison supervision for three years upon his release. He will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On May 3, 2021, Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton formally requested that the Oregon Attorney General’s Office review an investigation conducted by the Washington County Major Crimes Team into the use of deadly physical force by the Tigard Police Department on January 6, 2021. A letter detailing this request can be read here

The Washington County Major Crimes Team concluded its investigation into the officer-involved shooting and submitted its findings to this office on April 27, 2021. The Attorney General’s Office will review these findings and make a determination regarding criminal responsibility for the incident.

An Assistant Attorney General will be named as a Special Deputy District Attorney for Washington County to function within Washington County’s SB 111 Plan.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office is unable to comment further on this case as this matter is still pending. 

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On April 22, 2021, Steven Wayne Jones pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants. Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced the defendant to 50 months in prison. Deputy District Attorney David Pitcher prosecuted the case against Mr. Jones.

This is the defendant’s 10th DUII conviction since 1998. Mr. Jones was most recently convicted of DUII in Multnomah County, Oregon in 2017 and was still undergoing court-ordered supervision when he was arrested for the most recent offense.

Mr. Jones, whose driver’s license has been revoked for life, was found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle outside a convenience store in December of 2020. Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. They found an empty beer can in his cupholder along with a bottle containing liquor in the backseat. The defendant admitted to consuming alcohol earlier that day. Deputies conducted a breath test in which the defendant was found to have a blood alcohol content of .19.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the work of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in removing this dangerous driver from our roadways.

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Garcia also ordered the defendant to undergo 10 months of post-prison supervision and to participate in an alcohol treatment program.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On April 15, 2021, a Washington County jury found Jesus Gongora Dominguez, age 20, guilty of six counts of first-degree sodomy. Deputy District Attorney Chris Lewman prosecuted the case before Judge Oscar Garcia.

In December of 2019, the victim disclosed to a mandatory reporter that he was sexually abused by the defendant four years prior. Hillsboro police were notified and arranged an interview with the victim and his family.

The victim reported that the defendant had sexually abused him multiple times. He told investigators that the defendant would lure him into his bedroom with the promise of candy or video games and would then sexually abuse him. He ordered the victim not to tell anyone about the abuse.

Despite years of concealing the abuse, the victim found the courage to come forward and reveal the acts the defendant committed. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to commend the victim in this case for his bravery in reporting this abuse. This office also thanks the Hillsboro Police Department and CARES Northwest for their work on this difficult case.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 7, 2021. The defendant will remain in custody until that time.

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- The following is a statement from Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton on the murder trial of Derek Chauvin:

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is an important recognition by our justice system of a terrible crime that we all witnessed. It is also a crucial reminder that much work remains to ensure our society is truly just and equitable for everyone.  The over 130 members of the Washington County DA’s Office are committed to this goal. 

For more information on Equity & Justice initiatives undertaken by our office, please visit our Equity & Justice webpage

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HILLSBORO, Ore.- On February 26, 2021, a Washington County jury found Christopher Noel Villarreal, age 45, guilty of three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, strangulation and fourth-degree assault. On March 30, 2021, Judge Ted Simms sentenced the defendant to 224 months prison. Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Brown prosecuted the case against Mr. Villarreal.

The victim in this case is known to the defendant. In July of 2019, she awoke to Mr. Villarreal sexually assaulting her as she slept. She reported the attack to friends but did not report the incident to police. She confronted the defendant about the assault and told him never to do that again. However, four days later, he sexually assaulted her again. She awoke to the assault and tried to fight the defendant off but could not overpower him as he proceeded to strangle and physically assault her. 

The victim went to the hospital the next morning. She also reported the incident to the Hillsboro Police department which immediately launched an investigation.

At the sentencing hearing, the victim delivered a victim impact statement. The State also presented information from two other women who were victimized by the defendant. 

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office wishes to acknowledge the bravery of the victim in this case in reporting these assaults and confronting the defendant in court. Her courage gave two other women the strength to come forward. This office also thanks the Hillsboro Police Department, Detective Michelle Hahn and the Oregon State Police Forensic Lab for their work on the case. 

Mr. Villarreal will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.  

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