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Update: Arraignment of Defendant in Quadruple Fatal Crash Case - Umatilla County
10/27/2008
Dean F. Gushwa
Umatilla County District Attorney
Office: (541) 278-6270

JOHN COLE CARLGREN, age 46, from Carlton, appeared in Umatilla County Circuit Court Monday to answer to charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants related to the quadruple automobile homicide of October 19, 2008.
 
The defendant entered pleas of "not guilty" to all counts before Presiding Judge Garry Reynolds. Judge Reynolds accepted the pleas and increased bail to one million (1,000,000) dollars. The case was set for jury trial on December 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the Umatilla County Circuit Court in Pendleton.
 
A trial readiness conference was set for December 12, 2008. The Grand Jury for Umatilla County indicted the defendant last week on four counts of manslaughter in the first degree, four counts of manslaughter in the second degree, and one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Manslaughter in the first degree is a crime listed in Ballot Measure 11, and each count carries a minimum mandatory prison sentence of ten years. Manslaughter in the second degree, also a Measure 11 crime, carries a minimum mandatory prison sentence of six years and four months.