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Probation for Scio child assault

A former local man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ten days in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting two young boys in Scio last year.

Jeremy Douglas Howell, 33, of Oregon City, pleaded guilty Dec. 4 in Linn County Circuit Court to two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree assault. 

He was sentenced to 24 months of probation and ten days in the Linn County Jail, with credit for time served. While on probation he must complete a family violence intervention program and may not have contact with the victims. 

Howell was arrested in October of 2022 for allegedly assaulting and strangling two boys younger than ten years old earlier that month. Court records said at least one victim was taken to the ER as a result of his injuries.

Howell was originally charged with two counts each of first-degree criminal mistreatment, strangulation, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering another person. In a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop all but the assault counts.

Howell was scheduled to stand trial Dec. 6 and faced as much as five years in prison on his highest counts.

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