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  CRIME   Sean Earle Graham  

Story by Virginia Barreda - Story Source
Published on Thursday March 18, 2021 - 11:38 PM
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A Salem man was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for stabbing a loss prevention officer who tried to stop him from stealing clothes from the West Salem Goodwill store last August.

Sean Earle Graham, 50, pleaded guilty to a first-degree robbery charge, a Measure 11 crime, last week before Polk County Circuit Court Judge Monte Campbell.

Graham was ordered to serve three years of probation following his prison sentence and pay nearly $22,000 in fines to the State Accident Insurance Fund Corporation (SAIF), Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. The restitution will reimburse costs paid out by SAIF to cover medical bills for the loss prevention officer, Matthew Thompson.

First-degree attempted murder and assault charges, and an unlawful use of weapon charge, have been dropped against Graham, court records show.

Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton said the plea deal came after a review of the facts and in consultation with Thompson — and noted first-degree robbery and attempted murder carry the same sentence.

"That decision was not made by Mr. Graham," Felton said.