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Linn County Circuit Court Cases


August 27, 2013

Karissa Lynette Williams pleaded no contest to third-degree assault in Linn County Circuit Court on Aug. 9 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail with three years of probation in connection with an April case in which a victim said she had been kidnapped.

Among the remaining defendants in the case, Joseph Rafael Gutierrez was previously sentenced to 30 days in jail for third-degree assault.

Daniel Fred Schroeder faces a trial beginning on Oct. 16 on two counts of first-degree kidnapping and a single count of third-degree assault.

Michell Dawn Slay entered a guilty plea for third-degree assault on July 7 and is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 28.

The Sweet Home Police Department received a call at 11:49 a.m. on April 21 of a woman carrying a knife and walking down the street with a rope tied around her neck in the 100 block of Highway 228. She appeared to be bleeding. A Sweet Home police officer stood by with her until Linn County deputies arrived.

The incident occurred outside the city limits, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigated the call.

The victim reported that she had gone to the residence of the suspect on April 19, according to Sheriff Tim Mueller. She informed detectives that sometime over the weekend she was physically assaulted and held against her will until she was able to leave the morning of April 21 when the suspect was asleep.

The investigation led to the service of a search warrant at the residence on April 21.

Drugs were involved, and an argument started over missing property, including a wallet, Mueller said. Afterward she was allegedly held against her will.

Schroeder was arrested on April 22. Gutierrez and Williams were arrested on April 23, and Slay turned herself in on April 24.

Joshua David Robertson

Joshua David Robertson pleaded no contest to reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver and attempting to elude a police officer, all class A misdemeanors, and sentenced to five days in jail, 24 months probation and a 90-day license suspension on Aug. 21 in Linn County Circuit Court.

Robertson was fined $400.

Dismissed were second-degree criminal mischief, attempting to elude a police officer and possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.

He had been arrested in Sweet Home on May 12 after a police officer attempted a traffic stop.

William Edward Roebuck

William Edward Roebuck, 54, is serving a five-year prison sentence for third-degree rape and possession of methamphetamine following a guilty plea in Linn County Circuit Court on Sept. 7, 2012.

He had filed an appeal in November, but on July 30, he requested the dismissal of the appeal.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and 24 months post-prison supervision on the rape charge and 10 days in jail with a six-month license suspension on the possession charge. He was fined $899.

Dismissed were two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, two counts of sodomy and one count of third-degree rape.

The charges stem from a case filed in June 2012 for incidents in 2011. He was arrested on June 24. He has been incarcerated at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution since Oct. 25.