Man who fled, shot at deputies, sentenced to 20 years in prison

Audrey Caro

Brian Eugene Eller, 40, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on March 21 in Linn County Circuit Court.

Eller pleaded no contest and was convicted of the following: two charges of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, attempt to elude, recklessly endangering another person, and three charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and fleeing or attempting to elude stem from a March 25, 2016 incident in which Eller and his wife Kimberly Eller led Linn County Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase that ended in a field near the corner of Saddle Butte Road and Seven Mile Lane. Both Ellers fled the car and ran toward an orchard.

According to a multi-agency investigation, Eller shot at Senior Deputy Ryan Keys. Deputy Colin Pyle, who had tackled Kimberly Eller and dislodged her gun, fired at Brian Eller. He shot at both deputies and they returned fire, which resulted in injuries to Eller.

Both deputies were found to be justified in using deadly force in the incident.

The other charges from this incident – two charges of first-degree assault with a firearm, a charge of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude, and one count of reckless driving – were dismissed.

The three convictions for unauthorized use of a vehicle are from incidents on Feb. 15, 2016, Feb. 26, 2016 and Oct. 5, 2015.

Three other charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, two charges of first-degree theft, and one charge of second-degree theft were dismissed.

Eller faces charges in Marion County for attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault, first-degree escape, assaulting a public safety officer, and strangulation from an incident on Nov. 21, 2016 when he was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

He was charged jointly with Bradley William Monical for attempting to cause the death of a correctional officer.

Eller also faces six charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle in Lane County from incidents on March 19 and March 20, 2016. He also is charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree burglary, and first-degree aggravated theft.

In Linn County, Kimberly Eller has been charged with four counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Her next court date is scheduled for May 22, according to court documents. A four-day jury trial starting on June 13 is scheduled in Linn County Circuit Court for Kimberly Eller.

She also faces six charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree burglary, and first-degree aggravated theft in Lane County for incidents on March 19 and March 20, 2016. No additional court dates have been set in that case.

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