PENDLETON- A grand jury has returned indictments charging a local man with several attempted murder crimes for allegedly conspiring to kill his parents.
Jonathan Theodore Flaiz, 24, of Pendleton, was charged with attempted aggravated murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. The crimes allegedly took place on March 14.
A conviction of attempted murder carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 7.5 years in prison; the minimum for attempted aggravated murder is 10 years. Those crimes fall under the state's Measure 11 mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.
Flaiz's father has asked the judge to take into account his son's mental illness. Richard Flaiz told the East Oregonian last week that his son has suffered from schizophrenia for years and news of the plot to kill his parents must be taken in context of his mental illness.
Jonathan Flaiz spent a year at the Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center in Pendleton receiving treatment for his illness, Flaiz said. He was released last fall.
The grand jury on Tuesday also indicted him for first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, said Umatilla County District Attorney Chris Brauer.
Flaiz was arrested last week when police raided his Pendleton home. They found marijuana plants and a woman and young child. The woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child because illegal drugs were in the home. The burglary charges stem from a March 7 burglary Flaiz allegedly committed at his parents' Hermiston home.
The Sheriff's Office is investigating the home burglary because Flaiz's parents live outside the Hermiston city limits.
Flaiz is being held in the Umatilla County Jail, with bail set at $875,000. He is expected to enter a plea at a pre-trial conference hearing set for May 10.