PENDLETON
Lybrand sentenced to four years in prison

Jason Lybrand

Downtown Pendleton business owner Jason Lybrand has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after admitting to possession and delivery of methamphetamine Friday in Umatilla County Circuit Court.

Lybrand, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing meth and two counts of delivering meth for consideration, charges that stemmed from two different episodes in May.

Circuit Court Judge Jon Lieuallen sentenced Lybrand to 25 months with the Oregon Department of Corrections on each of the delivery charges, to be served consecutively. Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said it was an enhanced sentence, based on Lybrand’s persistent criminal involvement and the fact that he was already on probation for separate drug convictions at the time the latest offenses were committed.

The possession charges also carried six-month DOC sentences, though they are to run concurrent.

As per a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop all other pending charges against Lybrand, which included multiple sex crimes, witness tampering and using a minor to help commit a drug crime.

Lybrand, who owns Wicked Kitty Tattoo and Piercing on South Main Street, had previously avoided jail time earlier this year after pleading guilty to separate charges of meth possession and marijuana delivery, instead receiving three years probation and $3,200 in fines. His latest legal troubles arose following raids by the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team on March 17.

A jury trial scheduled to begin Friday against Lybrand was canceled after he changed his pleas.

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