PORTLAND, Oregon — A judge in Multnomah County has sentenced a prolific car theft suspect to 36 months in prison. Jesse Dane Brower pleaded guilty to multiple auto theft-related charges.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said Brower was sentenced on Wednesday on the following charges:
- One count of Trafficking in Stolen Vehicles
- One count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
- One count of Aggravated Identity Theft
- One count of Felony Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer
- Two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Brower admitted to disobeying all laws required by his terms of probation on two previous court cases, revoking his probation, the district attorney's office said.
On July 29, police found evidence related to dozens of stolen vehicles and car parts while serving a search warrant at Brower's Portland-area home. He was indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 3.
The 24-year-old was at the center of the county's newly established Auto Task Force. He was the first high-profile car thief who was identified and arrested by the task force.
"This case reflects a truly expeditious resolution and shows the results we can accomplish by working together," said Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. "We will continue this type of coordinated, targeted work through the Auto Theft Task Force in order to prevent this type of damaging criminal behavior, reduce victimization, and ultimately make our communities safer."
Brower is in custody at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail and will be taken to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.