2 teens admit guilt in Portland shed torture case

The teens admitted carving a swastika into the victim's forehead in February

Jenna Montgomery, left, and Jess Taylor were sentenced to prison July 24, 2014 for a torturous attack on another teen in February 2014 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Jenna Montgomery, left, and Jess Taylor were sentenced to prison July 24, 2014 for a torturous attack on another teen in February 2014 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Two of the four Portland teenagers accused of shooting a fellow high school student with a BB gun and carving a swastika into his forehead entered guilty pleas in court this week and have been sentenced to the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.

Jess Taylor, 17, and 15-year-old Jenna Montgomery pleaded guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court to first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, and apologized to the victim for the Feb. 10 attack.

Blue Kalmbach, 15, is charged as an adult in the torture of a Portland teen, Feb. 18, 2014 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Blue Kalmbach, 15, is charged as an adult in the torture of a Portland teen, Feb. 18, 2014 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

Montgomery was sentenced to nearly 10 years in custody and Taylor to seven years and nine months.

A 14-year-old boy was previously sentenced in juvenile court.  The other defendant, Blue Kalmbach, is due in court next month.

The case

Court documents showed the victim was lured by a girl to a shed in the area of SE 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. They go to school together at David Douglas High School.

Inside the shed, the teen was violently attacked by three teens. He was hit in the head with a heavy metal object, also ordered to take off his shirt and shot in the chest with a BB gun and his groin, documents said. A box cutter was allegedly used to carve a Swastika into his forehead. He was also forced to eat cat feces, police said.

His assailants demanded money and a skateboard and they let him out so he could get the items. Instead, court documents said, he went to a nearby business and asked the employees to call 911.

Details of their plan

Dustyn Murrain is recovering from being tortured in a shed in SE Portland (Courtesy family photo, Feb. 20, 2014)
Dustyn Murrain is recovering from being tortured in a shed in SE Portland (Courtesy family photo, Feb. 20, 2014)

The teens wrote down ideas on how to torture the victim, Dustyn Murrain, then put them in an empty soda can and pulled them out one-by-one.

“On the list of things they were planning to do to him, the last two were slit his throat and let him bleed out,” said mother Kelli Murrain. “Potentially I would not have my son.”

She said her son is physically healing but having a tough time emotionally.

“Post traumatic stress disorder is hard for him,” she told KOIN 6 News. “He doesn’t do well with strangers, doesn’t do well with crowds, he’s always wondering, ‘What do these people have in for me?'”

The motive

Still lingering is the actual motive for the crime.

Kelli Murrain, the mother of a teen tortured in a Portland shed, Feb. 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Kelli Murrain, the mother of a teen tortured in a Portland shed, Feb. 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Court documents obtained by KOIN 6 News said Dustyn Murrain was a bully who made homosexual remarks about his assailants.

But Kelli Murrain said there’s more to the story than that.

“(Dustyn’s) girlfriend that he’s been dating for like six or seven months now used to date Blue Kalmbach,” she said. “She broke up with him, started dating Dustyn. Then there were issues.”

Three of the four attackers are already sentenced to up to 10 years in jail, with the fourth due in court soon.

Asked about the sentences, Kelli Murrain said, “I do feel like justice was served.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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