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Guilty plea cancels armed robber’s trial

Deng Peter Makuey

HEPPNER, Oregon – Deng Peter Makuey of the Portland area will not be standing trial in Morrow County Circuit Court as scheduled for Thursday and Friday. District Attorney Justin Nelson tells KUMA News the South Sudanese national has changed his plea.

“The defendant decided to plead guilty to the robbery in the second-degree charge as a Measure 11 sentence,” Nelson said. “This is a 75-month sentence.”

Makuey was accused of pointing what appeared to be a firearm at an employee of Sinclair in Boardman last year and stealing money and cigarettes.

“He will get credit for time served from his arrest on June 23, 2018, but no additional reductions because this was a voter-enacted Measure 11 offense,” Nelson said.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service did place a hold on Makuey, who is from South Sudan. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said that Makuey had been in ICE custody in 2012, but the agency was not able to obtain travel documents for him. He has been on an order of supervision with ICE since his second encounter with the agency in 2016.

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