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Judge Holds Off Plea Deal In Rape Case

CANYON CITY – Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. on Thursday expressed qualms about accepting a plea deal in the case of Casey James Wood, who skipped his trial earlier this month on sex charges.

Wood, 28, appeared in court Thursday via videocamera from the Grant County Jail to face a felony charge of failure to appear.

Oregon State Police arrested Wood on Friday, Jan. 11, near the Clatsop-Columbia County line in Northwestern Oregon. He had been scheduled for trial Jan. 8 on two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sodomy, and three counts of first degree sex abuse, but did not show up.

Defense attorney Markku Sario told the judge this week that his client is ready to accept a new plea deal from the state.

“I’m not sure I’m going to accept it,” replied Cramer. He said he will need to be sure any new deal pleads to all the charges faced by Wood, “given his non-appearance on the day of trial.”

Cramer told the parties, including a lawyer representing the alleged victim in the rape case, to regroup on the possible deal and be prepared to persuade him that they have reached agreement at the next proceeding, set for Thursday, Jan. 24.

Meanwhile, Wood remains in the Grant County Jail, with security set at $1 million.


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