By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Victim proved strong at trial, strong after

"Our job is to right the wrong and seek justice," Berry said. And with Stamper receiving what amounted to a life sentence, Berry felt that had been accomplished.

Berry asked for a sentence of 1,000 months, which works out to more than 83 years. Stamper's court-appointed attorney, Ted Coran of Salem, proposed a term of 42 to 45 years. Judge Cal Tichenor settled on 62 years, without any eligibility for early release or sentence reduction.

Stamper is serving the term as the Two Rivers Correctional Institute in the Eastern Oregon community of Umatilla. His earliest release date is Dec. 19, 2066, by which time he would be 90.

"It was an interesting case," Berry said. "There was some phenomenal police work done.

"Between DNA, fingerprints and other factors, our case was strong. The trial came down to whether this was an attempted murder."

He added, "It definitely was. There were three separate incidents. The third time, he took her down a logging road.

"I can still picture it. There was a clearing, and he took her over that clearing."

At that point, Stamper strangled Drury with her shirt, took her clothing and left her lying in the brush to die. But she eventually regained consciousness, found her way to a logging road and flagged down a passing log truck driver.

It was a case that worked its way through the judicial system in about nine months. The trial lasted about a week. The jury didn't need to deliberate long before convicting Stamper.

Drury's ability to aid detectives during the investigative phase, and provide Berry with star witness power at trial, was critical in getting the outcome the prosecution sought.

"It was a compelling investigation," Berry said. "She had excellent recall to detail.

"She had this ability to see, recall and relate details. Trauma can cloud memory, but she had amazing recall.

That left a lasting impression with Berry.

"She was able to lead investigators to three different crime scenes," he said, marveling at it.

"She's very bright. She's a strong woman. It was really quite amazing. At trial, she was warm, and not reticent to talk about what happened."

Berry said he made sure to take nothing for granted at trial. The prosecution admitted an enormous amount of evidence for the jury to consider, a "bookshelf of evidence," according to Berry.

"I spent a lot of time with Jessica, trying to prepare her for what to expect," he said. "A member of our Crime Victims Services Department also worked with her."

During two decades as district attorney, Berry has seen many horrific cases come through his office. But he said some stick with you more than others, and this was definitely one of them.

He said he made a major personal investment in it, as did a lot of other people, and you just don't forget that. 



I hope Jessica Drury can use her strength to help others through traumatic times. She could make a difference! She is a very strong woman!!

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