Circuit Court Updates Feb. 19, 2013

Michell Dawn Slay

Michell Dawn Slay, 25, was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Linn County Circuit Court on Jan. 21 for third-degree assault against a 20-year-old woman.

She also was sentenced to 36 months of probation and fined $200. She had pleaded guilty on July 8 but failed to appear for sentencing.

She was one of four arrested and the last to be sentenced in connection to the April kidnapping of a 20-year-old woman. Daniel Schroeder is serving a three-year prison term for third-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping.

Sweet Home police responded to a call on April 21, 2013 regarding a woman, who appeared to be bleeding and carrying a knife, walking down the street with a rope tied around her neck in 100 block of Highway 228.

She told Linn County detectives that she had gone to Schroeder’s residence on April 19. There she was assaulted and held against her will until she was able to escape two days later while Schroeder slept.

Karissa Lynette Williams and Joseph Rafael Gutierrez also were convicted of third-degree assault.

Slay also was sentenced to 20 days in jail consecutive to the assault case on an unrelated charge of failure to appear in connection to a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. She also was sentenced to 24 months probation and fined $200. She pleaded guilty to failure to appear, and the court dismissed the UUMV charge.

Daniel Louis Armbrecht

Daniel Louis Armbrecht pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to second-degree robbery and first-degree theft in connection to a murder of Wayne Keith Klavano, 48, of Lebanon in the area of Upper Soda Road, about 10 miles off Highway 20.

A charge of murder was removed from the charging instrument pursuant to plea negotiations.

Armbrecht and Travis Adam Powers were arrested in Utah when a patrol trooper observed the vehicle, driven by Powers, traveling with only one operational headlight.

Armbrecht and Powers were arrested near Brigham City, Utah, on narcotics charges and possession of a gun by a felon unrelated. The two were extradited to Oregon.

Klavano’s parents reported finding the body of their son, dead from a gunshot wound, to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office on July 30. When he missed a scheduled appointment, his parents became concerned and went to his campsite to check on him.

Klavano was an avid outdoorsman who spent a considerable amount of time in the mountains of east Linn County making his living as a trapper. Powers faces charges of first-degree robbery, aggravated murder, murder and first-degree theft.

A two-day settlement conference is scheduled to begin on Feb. 20, and hearings to suppress evidence from the traffic stop in Utah and interviews with Powers and Armbrecht are scheduled for Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.