HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Joda Cain, one of two people linked to the killing of his great-grandmother, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday.
The sentence would have been in the 15-20 year range, had Washington County Circuit Court Judge Rick Knapp not been barred by state law, he said. Cain was recently convicted of two counts of first-degree manslaughter. He was originally charged of aggravated murder. The jury that heard the case, only found Cain guilty of the lesser included charge.
Jacqueline Bell, the great grandmother to Cain and Micus Ward, was found dead inside her home in October 2013. Police arrested Cain and his cousin, Ward.
Ward’s case is pending.
Alex Bell, Jacqueline’s son, described his mother as a champion for helping others. He said that he was disappointed by the jury’s verdict.
“I think it was a very light sentence,” Bell said. Had Cain been convicted of aggravated murder, he would have spent the rest of his life in prison.
Dolores Chenoweth, a longtime friend of Jacqueline Bell, told the court on Tuesday that she, too, was disappointed by the jury’s decision.
“What I really wanted to tell Joda was that I hope that he can take this sentence, which I think was somewhat a miscarriage of justice, and take the time that he will have and come out a better person,” Chenoweth said.
She had known Jacqueline Bell for 35 years. The two were good friends and co-workers.
“Her whole hope and the reason she fought so hard to bring him to Oregon was to keep him out of trouble in Kanas City, give him a life and a future,” Chenoweth said.
Cain declined to make a statement during his sentencing.