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Local felon in jail for burglary at undersheriff’s home

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on December 26, 2017 4:47PM

Local offender Dylan Lieght Russell is back behind bars after the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested him Dec. 17 for burglary and theft. The victim was Undersheriff Jim Littlefield and his family.

Police Chief Jason Edmiston said his officers on Dec. 17 at 11:20 a.m. responded to the 1500 block of West Joseph Avenue, Hermiston, for a stolen vehicle and took a report. According to the report summary, which the East Oregonian obtained through a public records request, a male stranger entered the home’s sliding back door and stole a black purse and a set of keys, which were on the counter just inside the door. The man used the keys to steal a white 2015 Toyota Rav4.

He also stole an iPad and identification, according to court documents, and damaged the Toyota in a crash.

Littlefield said the sheriff’s office was able to track the iPad to a location outside the city of Hermiston.

“We found the device and the stolen identification in his possession,” Littlefield said.

The sheriff’s office that night arrested Russell, 25, now of Irrigon, and booked him into the county jail in Pendleton, where he has remained.

The district attorney’s office on Dec. 21 presented evidence to a grand jury, which indicted Russell for first-degree burglary, unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.

Edmiston said Russell has 25 arrests and 50 citations to his name, so local law enforcement knows him. The district attorney’s office arraigned Russell on Tuesday in Hermiston. His next hearing is Jan. 8. Circuit Judge Dan Hill is presiding.

Hill also is familiar with Russell. The judge in 2011 oversaw two cases against Russell, one involving theft and multiple vehicle break-ins in Hermiston and the other involving the theft of a 2000 Toyota Camry that he drove into a Hermiston police car.

Russell waived his rights to a jury trial in both. Hill in one convicted Russell for first-degree theft and sentenced him to 13 months in state prison, and the judge in the other convicted Russell of attempted assault, unauthorized use of a vehicle, methamphetamine possession, fleeing police and reckless driving. Hill in that case sentenced Russell to five years of probation.

Court records show the district attorney’s office plans to use Russell’s criminal past to enhance any sentencing out of this new case.


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