PORTLAND An 18-year-old Portland high school student, who shot and killed a teen and injured another man at the Holgate TriMet MAX station, was sentenced to 90 days in jail Wednesday after prosecutors determined he was likely acting in self defense.

Silvano Velasquez pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and tampering with physical evidence related to the Oct. 11 shooting that killed 15-year-old Abukar Madey and injured 23-year-old Alejandro Ramirez-Navarro.

Velasquez was originally arrested in late October on murder, attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree assault charges.

A grand jury, however, declined to indict Velasquez on the more serious charges after an interview with a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney and security footage from the night revealed Madey and Ramirez-Navarro were likely the aggressors and Velasquez was defending himself.

Background: MAX deadly shooting likely self defense

Velasquez said he feared for his life and thought he and his girlfriend were going to be killed or seriously injured by the armed men, documents show.

Velasquez was sentenced to 3 years probation and cannot have contact with the victims or their families.


Photo from Aimee Green/The Oregonian

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