‘Exceptionally’ dangerous convict gets 13 years

James West called “an extreme risk to the safety of the community"

Convicted criminal James West, 28, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, December 1, 2016. (MCSO)
Convicted criminal James West, 28, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, December 1, 2016. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man with a history of violent behavior who is described as an “exceptionally high public safety risk” will spend the next 13 years in prison.

In October, jurors found 28-year-old James West guilty of 3 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, 2 counts each of unlawful use of a weapon and coercion with a firearm and one count of first-degree sodomy.

Prosecutors had originally sought a 14.5 year prison sentence for West. His defense attorney asked the court for a 10 year sentence.

Gresham police claim West held a pistol to a woman’s head, sexually abused her and forced her to give him oral sex. That reportedly happened in February while the victim was babysitting at West’s home, according to court testimony.

Court documents show deputy district attorney Jeff Auxier described West as “an extreme risk to the safety of the community.”

West has been arrested in the past for violent assaults, has an “apparent fascination with weapons” and is a “self-admitted loner”, according to records.

West’s defense attorney disputes the state’s claim that his client is a danger to the public. He said 2 separate guides place West as a “low-moderate risk to reoffend.”

Records show West took a polygraph that indicated he “never engaged in the use of force or the use of weapon to gain sexual compliance, other than this case.”

West remains in Multnomah County Detention Center but will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections.