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Guilty Plea leads to 100 Month Prison Sentence in September 2009 Fatal Crash in Welches
07/15/2010
A Milwaukie-area man pled guilty Tuesday afternoon in Clackamas County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 100 months in prison related to a September 2009 fatal traffic crash on Highway 26 in Welches that resulted in the death of a 71-year old man.
 

According to Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brock, JEFFREY JEREMY JACOBS, age 29, was sentenced after pleading guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Felony Hit & Run, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The guilty plea is related to a September 16, 2009 fatal traffic crash at approximately 8:49 p.m. on Highway 26 near milepost 41. An Oregon State Police trooper came upon the crash scene and found JACOBS pinned inside one vehicle and the driver of a second vehicle, GARY LEE BERRY, age 71, from Welches, deceased.
 
After Medical personnel initially treated JACOBS and removed him from the vehicle, JACOBS fled into the wood before he was overtaken by the trooper and detained with the help of an AMR ambulance paramedic. JACOBS was later transported to a Portland-area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
 
After the fatal traffic crash investigation was completed and turned over to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, a Grand Jury indicted JACOBS. He was arrested November 5th while he was in custody in Marion County Jail on an unrelated charge.
 
"This case was the result of a prompt and complete investigation by the State Police who left no stone unturned and represents a benchmark for DUII Manslaughter investigations. While nothing will replace the loss of Gary Berry, the sentence in this case sends the right message and is designed to promote public safety through incapacitation and deterrence," said Brock.
 
Questions should be directed to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.
 
Links to previously released photographs available on OSP website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/11_05_2009_jacobs_manslaughter_091609_fatal.shtml