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Oregon gangster sentenced to 55 years for brutal torture of two rival gang members

September 9, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Oregon gangster sentenced to 55 years for brutal torture of two rival gang members

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A 45-year-old Oregon gangster, who was convicted of brutally torturing two of his enemies and dumped them bleeding and unconscious onto the streets of Portland, was sentenced to 55 years behind bars on Tuesday.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael Greenlick rejected the defense’s appeal to sentence reputed gangster David Ray Bartol to less than half of the issued sentence. Greenlick cited that such a sentence is justified because the man was “deliberately cruel,” caused permanent injury, and has a criminal past that spans almost 30 years.

According to Oregonlive.com, Evidence presented during the two-week trial that took place this summer indicates that Bartol and at least one accomplice attempted to remove an individual’s tattoo with a mechanical belt sander.

Additionally, they reportedly put a motorcycle helmet on the victim’s head and shot at it with a gun, then proceeded to inject heroin into his neck.

After the victim, identified as Nicholas Remington, stopped breathing, the suspects discarded his body on the street. Remington was wearing only boxers when his close to lifeless body was discovered by a police officer back in December 2012. Astonishingly, Remington managed to survive.

Almost two months later, in February 2013, Bartol and a few associates abducted another victim and abused him in a spray-paint booth of an auto body shop, with the purpose of containing the blood. They also dumped the unconscious man, Ronald Murphy, on the street.

Torture and kidnapping defendant David Bartol sits next to one of his attorneys, Steve Gorham, on the opening day of trial Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Torture and kidnapping defendant David Bartol seated next to one of his attorneys, Steve Gorham, on the opening day of trial Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Murphy suffered two bullet wounds to the abdomen and underwent a recovery that lasted for months. However, Murphy later died in February 2015, when he was discovered dead in his vehicle from overdosing on heroin.

Both victims were members of Bartol’s gang, Krude Rude Brood, and prosecutors claimed that Bartol had a dispute with each of them.

A jury convicted Bartol of all 24 counts against him, including attempted aggravated murder.

Prosecutor Kirsten Snowden asked for a 60-year sentence on Tuesday for the violent gangster, believing that such a punishment is constitutionally sound.

“He is someone who cannot survive on the outside without hurting other people,” said Kirsten Snowden said in court. “And frankly, it’s debatable whether he can remain in custody without hurting other people.”

Bartol was arrested just after the torture incidents and was sentenced to 18 years behind bars for his involvement in two home invasion robberies. Authorities argued that he shot one victim in the chest, and in the other case, he aimed a gun at the victim’s forehead and asked him if he wanted to die only moments before authorities arrived.

Tuesday’s 55-year sentence is issued on top of the 18 years that Bartol is already serving for the home intrusions, meaning that he would be 110-years-old before he would be eligible to be released, even with reduced time for good behavior.

Moreover, the gangster also faces a potential death penalty sentence if he is found guilty of aggravated murder for the homicide of another inmate at the Marion County Jail back in 2013.

Prosecutors claim that he struck a fellow prisoner on the head with a flashlight and repeatedly beat a shank into the victim’s left eye, killing him. The trial for the case is set to begin in late September.

Bartol’s legal team contended during this summer’s trial that Bartol’s below average IQ, which stems from fetal alcohol syndrome, caused him to make impulsive and irrational choices. Defense attorney Steve Gorham said on Tuesday that the Krude Rude Brood kidnapping/torture cases most likely wouldn’t have been prosecuted if Bartol hadn’t opened his mouth to deputies, who were investigating the jailhouse murder.

“I’m not even sure we would be here if Mr. Bartol had kept his mouth shut,” Gorham stated.

The lawyer maintained that the prosecution’s request for jail time was unconstitutional. Gorham said it’s more than what someone found guilty of murder might serve. The sentence for murder is life behind bars with a 25-year minimum.

Bartol did not make any statements during the hearing on Tuesday.

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