25 Year Sentence for Stabbing Suspect in Umatilla County

<p>Joseph Quintana Jr.</p>

Joseph Quintana Jr.

From the Umatilla County District Attorney-

Today, August 12, 2014, Joseph Quintana Jr., a thirty-five year old man from Pendleton, Oregon, was sentenced to twenty-five years with the Oregon Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to causing the death of Allen Anthony Spencer and assaulting a Umatilla County Corrections Deputy while incarcerated at the Umatilla County jail awaiting trial for causing Spencer's death.

In the early morning hours of July 23, 2010 members of the Umatilla/Morrow County Major Crime team responded to the Pendleton Woolen Mills after city/county dispatch received an emergancy call reporting an injured man, later identified as Allen Anthony Spencer, lying on the ground near Pendleton Wollen Mills.  The Umatilla/Morrow County Major Crime Team investigated the case following leads for nearly two years until Joseph Quintana Jr. approached law enforcement to confess to killing Spencer.

On July 17, 2012, a Umatilla County Grand Jury indicted Quintana for causing Spencer's death.  While Quintana was incarcerated in the Umatilla County Jail, pending trial for Allen Anthony Spencer's death, Quintana was involved in another altercation with another inmate.  In the course of the altercation, Quintana assaulted a corrections deputy at the Umatilla County Jail.  On February 20, 2014, a Umatilla County Grand Jury indicted Quintana for assaulting the corrections deputy.  Today, August 12, 2014, Quintana pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree for causing Allen Anthony Spencer's death.  Quintana also pleaded guilty to assaulting a public safety officer for causing injury to the Umatilla County Corrections Deputy.  Judge Lynn Hampton accepted Quintana's guilty pleas and followed the party's negotiations sentencing Quintana to twenty-five years with the Oregon Department of Corrections.