- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man who shot a deputy in the face two years ago has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, the maximum penalty.

William Jack Parkerson, 31, of Klamath Falls did not testify at trial and he remained quiet at Wednesday’s sentencing, the Herald and News reported (https://is.gd/MLWxMC ).

He was arrested Aug. 28, 2014, a day after Klamath County sheriff’s Deputy Jason Weber was wounded during a traffic stop. Parkerson was convicted in May of assault and aggravated attempted murder, and jurors returned last week to hear arguments concerning enhanced sentencing factors.

Psychiatrists testified that Parkerson exhibited symptoms of anti-social personality disorder, including aggression, deceitfulness and a lack of remorse.

Prosecutors said this was evidence Parkerson would re-offend, and told jurors it was their responsibility to keep him away from the public for as long as possible.

The jury found him to be a dangerous offender and Judge David Hoppe imposed the 30-year maximum.

Weber resigned from the sheriff’s office in January to accept a position with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He asked the judge to impose the maximum, for the peace of mind of his family and law enforcement officers.

The judge told Weber he wished the sentence could grant closure and repair the damage. But he acknowledged that’s impossible.

“What you did that day was hard,” Hoppe said. “And I don’t think people are grateful, but they should be.”


Information from: Herald and News, https://www.heraldandnews.com

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