- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A member of a white supremacist gang faces a possible death sentence after being convicted of aggravated murder in the killing of a fellow inmate.

A Marion County jury this week unanimously decided David Bartol stabbed Gavin Siscel with a homemade knife while the two were at the county jail in 2013. The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/vpU5kc) the victim was serving a 30-day sentence for contempt of court while Bartol was awaiting trial for a robbery.

The penalty phase of Bartol’s trial began Wednesday and could last until mid-November. Jurors will consider whether Bartol should be sentenced to death. If given the penalty, Bartol would join 34 others on Oregon’s death row.

Regardless of the punishment, the 45-year-old Bartol is unlikely to ever leave prison. Earlier this year, he was sentenced to 55 years in prison after a Portland jury found him guilty of attempted murder in a torture attack on two fellow Krude Rude Brood gang members.

Bartol was accused of sanding off gang members’ tattoos, injecting them with heroin and shooting them.

In the jail homicide, authorities said Bartol made a shank and used it to stab Siscel in the eye while Siscel was watching TV in a dayroom. Officials said it appeared to be a random attack.

Bartol’s criminal record spans three decades. Previous court records listed Bartol as a Salem resident.

During Bartol’s sentencing in Portland, his attorneys argued he didn’t understand the severity of his crimes because he is intellectually disabled and has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Court records show similar defense arguments in the Marion County case.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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