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OR. REV. STAT. § 163.187. STRANGULATION [Effective January 1, 2019]
(1) A person commits the crime of strangulation if the person knowingly impedes the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by:
(a) Applying pressure on the throat, neck or chest of the other person; or
(b) Blocking the nose or mouth of the other person
(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to legitimate medical or dental procedures or good faith practices of a religious belief.
(3 ) Strangulation is a Class A misdemeanor.
(4) Notwithstanding subsection (3) of this section, strangulation is a Class C felony if:
(a) The crime is committed in the immediate presence of, or is witnessed by, the person’s or the victim’s minor child or stepchild or a minor child residing within the household of the person or the victim;
(b) The victim is under 10 years of age;
(c) The victim is a family or household member, as defined in ORS 135.230, of the person;
(d) During the commission of the crime, the person used, attempted to use or threatened to use a dangerous or deadly weapon, as those terms are defined in ORS 161.015, unlawfully against another;
(e) The person has been previously convicted of violating this section or ORS 163.160, 165, 163.175, 163.185 or 163.190, or of committing an equivalent crime in another jurisdiction, and the victim in the previous conviction is the same person who is the victim of the current crime;
(f) The person has at least three previous convictions for violating this section or ORS 163.160, 165, 163.175, 163.185 or 163.190 or for committing an equivalent crime in another jurisdiction, in any combination; or
(g) The person commits the strangulation knowing that the victim is pregnant.
(5) For purposes of subsection (4)(a) of this section, a strangulation is witnessed if the strangulation is seen or directly perceived in any other manner by the child.
(6 )The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission shall classify strangulation committed under the circumstances described in subsection (4)(c) of this section as crime category 5 of the sentencing guidelines grid of the commission.
SALEM MAN TELLS GIRLFRIEND ‘YOU’RE NEXT’ AFTER CHOKING HER DOG TO DEATH, DEPUTIES SAY
By: Virginia Barreda, Salem Statesman Journal
A Salem man is being held on $500,000 bail after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and used a shoelace and coat hanger to choke her dog to death.
Richard Allen Lipps, 50, has been charged with harassment, third-degree criminal mischief, menacing, attempted assault on a police officer, first-degree aggravated animal abuse and third-degree attempted escape.
According to a probable cause statement filed in Marion County court, Lipps’ arrest unfolded this way:
Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an RV in the 4700 block of Portland Road NE on reports of domestic violence.
The woman who owned the RV said she had been dating Lipps for three months. She believed he was high on meth that morning when he became upset with her dog, Andrea.
Andrea had been “defecating and urinating” inside the RV. Lipps started punching and kicking the dog. He took a shoelace, wrapped it around the dog’s neck and then got a white metal coat hanger and bent it around the dog’s neck.
While he was doing this, the woman said, Lipps looked up at her with an “evil smile” and said, “You’re next.”
The woman said once she realized the dog was dead, she feared for her life.
Lipps reportedly grabbed the woman by her hair and dragged her from the rear of the RV to the front near the stairs of the RV’s door.
He punched his girlfriend on the top right side of her head.
She locked herself in the bathroom and called 911. Lipps tried to get in by carving a hole in the door and told her he was going to kill her.
Deputy Christian Dalton arrived at the RV and placed Lipps in handcuffs when Lipps’ brother Ernie Lipps appeared about 30 feet away.
“He has a gun,” Richard Lipps said to Dalton, pointing to his brother.
When Dalton turned away, Richard attempted to bite him and escape.
Richard spit all over the seat and divider while sitting in the back of a fellow officer’s patrol vehicle.
When Dalton attempted to move Lipps to his patrol vehicle Lipps tried to head-butt Dalton.
Dalton found the body of the dog outside the RV near the door. Andrea had blood coming out of her mouth. Dalton found a shoe with a shoelace on it near the dog and the coat hanger the woman said had been used to kill Andrea.
Lipps was taken to the Marion County Jail where he is being held on $500,000 bail. He is ordered to have no contact with the woman and Dalton.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 8:30 a.m.
Virginia Barreda is the Breaking News Reporter at the Statesman Journal. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-399-6657. Follow her on Twitter at @vbarreda2.
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