, July 7, 2009
Kinda makes you want to rent an apartment in Oregon with all the mexicans living in them, how come no lawyer has pursued legal action against the Apartment complex that hired them and rented to them? Are there no noble lawyers in Oregon>
OREGON CITY — Two men involved in the strangulation death of a Texas teen in the summer of 2007 in a Milwaukie apartment were sentenced Tuesday in Clackamas County circuit court.
Dani Countryman was a 15-year-old girl who came to live with her sister Ashley in the summer of 2007. She was found strangled by her sister the morning after a party in the Balboa apartments.
Gilberto was sentenced to 70 months in prison for attempted first-degree sex abuse and for hindering prosecution, according to Clackamas County prosecutor Chris Owen.
His cousin, Alejandro Rivera Gamboa, is expected to serve life in prison for aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse. He may have a parole hearing after 35 years.
Ashley Countryman held a party on July 27. Dani was scheduled to return to Texas the following day. The morning of the 28th, Ashley found Dani’s body on the floor of a first-floor apartment, partly covered with a blanket. She called police and deputies arrived about 8:30 a.m.
Later that day, police arrested Rivera Gamboa for a probation violation on a drunk driving charge. Allejandro Gamboa was arrested Aug. 6 at his unit of the Balboa apartments, a few doors down from where Dani was strangled.
Both men initially were accused of aggravated murder. Attempted rape charges and sex abuse charges were added later. Both men also told police they knowingly entered the country illegally. Arellano Gamboa had no prior record. Local and federal police never pursued deportation for Rivera Gamboa despite the drunk driving conviction.
Court records showed Rivera Gamboa admitted to stepping on the girl’s throat and holding her down and that the two tried to sexually assault her. Police said 15-year-old Dani Countryman tired to fight off the cousins.
Clackamas County investigators said Countryman scratched the men who killed her, providing valuable DNA evidence under her fingernails that led to two arrests.
Forensic scientists from Oregon State Police said a shoe seized from Alejandro,had blood on it. The pattern of the shoe was also consistent with the imprint on Countryman’s chest, according to investigators
Investigators believe someone stepped on her throat and strangled her as they tried to rape her.
Alejandro Rivera Gamboa and his cousin, Gilberto Javier Arellano Gamboa, were already charged with aggravated murder in Countryman’s death. The two also face charges of attempted rape and attempted sex-abuse. As for the two cousins, they were arrested in 2007 and were awaiting trial in jail.
Investigators said Countryman scratched the men who killed her, providing valuable DNA evidence under her fingernails that led to two arrests. Forensic scientists from Oregon State Police said a shoe seized from one of the suspects, Alejandro, 24, had blood on it. The pattern of the shoe was also consistent with the imprint on Countryman’s chest, according to investigators