Man Convicted in Portland Train Attacks Must Pay Victims
Story by Sam Kaplan - The Oregon Herald
The judge ordered Jeremy Christian to pay the money in connection with the 2017 attacks. The payments include: $2,439 for Demetria Hester, who Christian injured by throwing a Gatorade bottle at her eye; $4,604 for Micah Fletcher, who survived after Christian stabbed him in the neck; and $5,000 for the family of Ricky Best, who died after Christian stabbed him in the neck.
The money already has been paid to Hester, Fletcher and Best's family by the state's crime victims compensation fund. The judge's order means Christian is now responsible for paying back the fund.
Prosecutors didn't request any additional money, including money for the family of Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who also died when Christian stabbed him in the neck.
The violence was video recoded and a witness, Ana Rivera captured several minutes of video before, during, and after the attack. She testified that she was heading home on the train from work and heard "a person saying many things, words regarding discrimination." She said this was an unusual occurrence in her almost four years riding the train.
At one point, she said the two young girls who felt targeted by Christian — Walia Mohamed and Destinee Mangum — got up and sat near her. Rivera said she started recording video because she felt afraid because of what Christian was saying and took a video as evidence.
Prosecutors played the videos, which lasted about 5 minutes. In the first, a voice identified as Christian yells about circumcision and other topics. A girl's voice near the camera said, "I've never experienced this before."
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Cheryl Albrecht said although Christian is indigent, he must work out a plan with the Oregon Department of Corrections to reimburse the crime victims compensation fund over time.
In February, a jury found Christian guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree assault and other charges stemming from his actions.
Christian was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.