One day, a democratic ruler is leading chaos and violence among the people. Today’s story features former Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who granted clemency to Jesse Lee Calhoun and commuted his sentence in 2021. Calhoun is now a “person of interest” for murdering at least four people in the Portland area.
The deaths of four women previously reported as unrelated have now been linked to a person of interest, according to the Multnomah County Attorney’s Office.
Working together, investigators from several law enforcement agencies said they found information linking Kristin Smith, Charity Lynn Perry, Bridget Webster and Ashley Real.
Through interviews, officials said they found one person who connected the four women, however, no charges have been filed in the investigation.
According to the Department of Corrections, in 2019 Calhoun was charged with three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, one count of assault on a public safety officer and one count of petty theft.
However, in 2021, then-governor Kate Brown signed a bill to help some inmates who did. Calhoun was one of those inmates and was released on Jul 22, 2021.
Calhoun served time in prison after participating in multiple plea deals in 2019. He was charged with multiple counts of burglary, identity theft, battery on a public safety officer, resisting arrest, possession of meth, assault on a law enforcement animal, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, burglary, breaking and entering ‘unlawful driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, and unlawful use of a vehicle. These cases were spread over three separate cases from 2018 to 2019.
He pleaded guilty to only a few charges and Multhomah County District Attorneys dismissed the rest.
Calhoun, said to be a professional artist who told conservation officers he found his paintings on cars, has a long criminal record dating back to 2004. After he was arrested in 2018 with meth, several guns, and more than 500 weapons, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office called him “a thief and a common criminal.” Calhoun’s most recent conviction came in November 2019, when he pleaded guilty to various charges, including theft, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and injuring a police officer and a police dog while trying to arrest him.
The conviction gave Calhoun four concurrent sentences, the longest of which was 50 months, which included nearly nine months already served. His expected release date, after a 20% reduction for good behavior, was June 30, 2022, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.
But another 11 months were shaved off when he joined the group of prisoners who were fighting wildfires. Released on July 22, 2021.
During the epidemic, the Gov. Brown began a process of allowing people to change — early release for inmates who had good behavior, were at the end of their sentences, and were at risk of COVID-19.
After the 2020 Labor Day wildfire that could burn 700,000 acres completely extinguished the fire, the Oregon Department of Corrections sent some inmates to join the fire line. Records show that Calhoun was one of them. On March 5, 2021, Mr. Brown issued a “reasonable change” to 41 inmate firefighters, removing them for the last 12 months. That sent Calhoun onto the streets of Multnomah County in July 2021.
Almost two years later, on June 1, 2023, The Oregonian report of the discovery of the bodies of six girls: Kristin Smith, found Feb. 19 in Southeast Portland; Joanna Speaks, found April 11 in Ridgefield, Wash.; Charity Perry, found April 24 at Ainsworth State Park in eastern Multnomah County; unknown woman, found again on April 24, in Lents, although the Portland Police Bureau said that they did not think it was dirty to play; Bridget Webster, found April 30 in Polk County; and Ashley Real, were found May 7 in Clackamas County.
Netizens ran wild with the information, leading to questions about whether the six deaths were connected. On June 4, the Portland Police Bureau issued a statement in response to the news, saying, “PPB has no reason to believe that these 6 cases are connected.” It is unclear whether the Police Bureau intentionally withheld the information or whether new information has been discovered since then.
On June 6, officers from agencies including the Multnomah and Clackamas sheriff’s offices and the US Marshals Service decided to arrest Calhoun for violating parole.
When police made contact with Calhoun, who is listed as 6-foot-4 and 266 pounds and has a history of resisting arrest, he fell into the Willamette River in Milwaukee and tried to escape. Authorities overpowered him and initially booked him on a parole violation charge on June 6 in Clackamas County (where one of the six women’s bodies was found), transferred him to Multnomah County (where three women were found) the next day, and then transferred him to Snake River, a state prison near the border. of Idaho. (A lawyer who recently represented Calhoun says he does not. It is not known if Calhoun currently has an attorney.)
If the democrats in charge of everything in Oregon had pursued all the charges and sentences of the man who committed the violence, these girls would still be alive today. But the democrats would obviously prefer to have violent criminals walking the streets.