2 teens plead guilty in Oregon torture case
PORTLAND — Two of the four Portland teenagers accused of shooting a fellow high school student with a BB gun and carving a swastika into his forehead entered guilty pleas and have been sentenced to the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.
Jess Taylor, 17, and Jenna Montgomery, 15, pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court to first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, and apologized to the victim for the Feb. 10 attack, The Oregonian reported Friday.
Montgomery was sentenced to nearly 10 years in custody and Taylor to seven years and nine months.
The three teenagers who are 15 and older were charged as adults. Blue Kalmbach, 16, is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 21. A 14-year-old boy was previously sentenced in juvenile court.
Police and prosecutors said the teens had spent the evening before the attack sketching out ideas for torturing the victim.
The encounter occurred after Montgomery invited the victim to hang out with her. After meeting up, she walked him to a nearby home and he followed her into a backyard shed, where the three boys confronted him.
Authorities say the defendants ordered the boy to remove his shirt before firing a BB gun at his chest, index finger and groin at close range. A swastika was carved in the victim's forehead with a box cutter-type knife.
When the victim pleaded to know what it was that his attackers wanted, they told him they wanted money and his long board, according to court papers.
The teen was ordered to take his pants down and was hit on his buttocks multiple times with a cricket-type bat and forced to eat cat feces, according to a pre-trial supervision officer.
He was then walked out of the shed and left in the street.
Montgomery had been dating Kalmbach for two months and told investigators that she felt the victim had bullied her boyfriend, pre-trial supervision officer Chelsea Fonua wrote in court papers.
The victim told investigators he wasn't a bully.
Taylor's mom told court authorities that her son had been suffering due to her divorce from his dad. “She also believes her son became friends with the wrong set of teens,” according to court papers.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com