As a result of a plea-bargain, Tom Ifversen’s client is taken out of Measure 11 (Judges have no discretion other than to impose lengthy prison sentences, and Defendants can not qualify for any credits or alternative sanctions, and must serve every day of the sentence), and sentenced to the minimum sentence required to qualify for a drug-treatment program which can earn her release as soon as she completes the program.
Following is an Oregonian article published about our case.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A 31-year-old woman who was accused of being high on methamphetamines when she kidnapped a 2-year-old boy from in front of his North Portland home has been sentenced to two years in prison — in hopes that she will get the drug treatment she needs.
Investigators say Lisa Lee Kemper was so high on drugs that she couldn’t identify herself or the toddler in her arms on a cold morning last Nov. 27. Kemper had scooped up the boy apparently from his front yard sometime around 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and wandered five or six blocks into two Mississippi businesses, Gravy and The Fresh Pot.
The parents had left their front door unlocked in the past — as they had that morning — and the child had wandered off before.
When they couldn’t find their son, the parents called 9-1-1.
Prosecutor Donald Rees said Kemper “didn’t harm the child. It didn’t look like she had any intent to harm the child. She had a blanket and a toy. She had a child of the same age.”
Rees doesn’t know if Kemper confused the boy with her own son, but her drug use clearly clouded her mind because she was making all sorts of “nonsensical” statements.
Kemper said she knocked on the front door of the house, and when no one answered, she took the boy, said her attorney, Tom Ifversen. She was scheduled to go to trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court Thursday, but pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree kidnapping on Tuesday.
Ifversen said she pleaded no contest, not guilty, because “she maintains that she was concerned that the child was by himself early in the morning in front of a house with no one around.”
Kemper has two convictions for meth possession in 2008 and 2009. Judge David Rees recommended that Kemper be accepted into the Turning Point drug-treatment program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. If she successfully completes treatment, she could be released from prison early.
“The goal is to get her off meth,” Donald Rees said.