Monday, September 26, 2016
We lost Another Customer
According to The Oregonian, David Ray Bartol, 45, was sentenced to 55 years for torturing his enemies in Oregon.
Bartol and an accomplice injected heroin into Nicholas Remington's neck in December 2012, the newspaper reports. Prosecutors said Bartol put a motorcycle helmet (I hope not ours) on Remington's head and shot at it with a gun. Prosecutors also said Bartol used an industrial belt sander to remove one of Remington's tattoos.
Police found Remington almost dead in the street, wearing only boxer shorts in December 2012, according to the newspaper. Remington survived Bartol's torture.
During his two-week trial over the summer, Bartol, with the help of accomplices, was also accused of kidnapping another man in February 2013 and torturing him in a spray-paint booth of an auto body shop, The Oregonian reports.
Police found Bartol's second victim, Ronald Murphy, with two gunshot wounds in his abdomen. Although Murphy was able to recover from the shooting, authorities told the newspaper he was found dead two years later in his car from a heroin overdose, in February 2015.
According to prosecutors, Bartol attempted to kill the men because he thought they would 'snitch' on him.
Bartol was found guilty on 24 counts, including attempted aggravated murder, according to The Oregonian.
Before the 55-year sentence, Bartol was already serving 18 years in prison on a conviction for home invasion committed in January 2013. As The Oregonian noted, the existing sentence would make Bartol about 110 years old before he became eligible for release.
Bartol may not spend decades in prison however, as he may face the death penalty after being accused of stabbing another inmate to death in June 2013. According to The Statesman Journal, Bartol is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing Gavin Siscel to death in the Marion County jail with a homemade knife. Marion County, Ore., includes the state capital, Salem.
The newspaper reports Siscel had been in jail for a week on a contempt charge after mouthing off in court. Authorities do not have a motive as to why Bartol stabbed Siscel.
Bartol is expected to go to trial later this month for Siscel's death, according to The Oregonian, but it is not yet certain whether the state will request the death penalty.