Niehaus Gets 23 Months

December 15, 2017

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Niehaus Gets 23 Months

Twenty-four days ago, on November 21, Wasco County Oregon Circuit Court Judge Janet L. Stauffer sentenced 50-year-old Lisa Ann Niehaus of Baker City, Oregon to serve a total of 23 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections plus 24 months of work release at Tri County Community Corrections in Moro, Oregon. Niehaus received credit for 137 days served in custody.

She is currently undergoing offender assessment at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Niehaus was charged with five felonies and 15 misdemeanors last May 27 after she drove head on into a pack of 40 motorcycles, The bikes were en route to the 40th Annual Fossil Motorcycle Campout, a start of summer event at Bear Hollow Park sponsored by ABATE of Oregon. Most of the pack was comprised of members or friends of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club.

Press Release

According to a press release issued by the Wheeler County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office, Niehaus “crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic…on Highway 19 at about Milepost 60, a location just east of Fossil. This vehicle struck a large number of motorcycle riders that were riding as a group to attend a locally held event at nearby Bear Hollow Park. Many of those in the group were self-identified as being members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club.

“There were two fatalities on scene and numerous serious and traumatic injuries. This resulted in a medical response requiring ambulances from Spray, Fossil, Condon, and Arlington. Five different emergency air transports occurred from both on scene and from the Asher Community Health Clinic. Volunteer medical crews and fire departments responded, along with the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police. Highway 19 was closed for almost nine hours as a local crane was called in to assist in clearing the wreckage.”

“A number of the victims remain in critical care at regional area hospitals. Due to the criminal investigation no names of the inured or deceased are being publicly released at this time. The families of the deceased have been notified.”

The men dead at the scene were later identified as Aaron Michael Polsfuss and Donald Robert Pratt.

Secret Justice

Apparently out of fear that Niehaus might be subject to retribution by Gypsy Jokers, none of the victims or survivors were informed about the progress of the case by Wheeler County District Attorney Gretchen M Ladd. According to one survivor, “These men and the families of the ones she killed, were never notified of any status updates to the case. They weren’t given court dates, much less given the opportunity to be present at her sentencing or make a ‘victims impact’ statement.”

According to the official brochure of a state bureaucracy that calls itself the Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Services Division: “A victim impact statement (VIS) is the vehicle through which a victim of crime is given the opportunity to be heard before punishment is imposed. This right to be heard gives the victim an opportunity to express how this crime has affected them emotionally, physically or psychologically and provides a way to offer thoughts, suggestions and recommenda- tions on a defendant’s sentence. The statement can be made in writing and/or given orally and can be presented personally by the victim, victim’s next of kin or through an attorney.”
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Niehaus pled guilty to two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of third degree assault and three counts of fourth degree assault. She will be eligible for release from prison on April 27, 2019.

Survivors who feel they were cheated out of their victim’s impact statement may express their complaints to either District Attorney Ladd or Victims’ Advocate Terry Ignowski. Both have offices in the Wheeler County Courthouse at 701 Adams Street in Fossil, Oregon. The county website says the prosecutor “has an open-door policy at all times, so please call the office or stop in anytime.” Her telephone number is 541-763-4207 and her email address is [email protected] Ignowski’s phone number is 541-763-4207 and her email address is [email protected]

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55 Responses to “Niehaus Gets 23 Months”

  1. Sharon Homer (lunch lady) Says:

    I have looked up sentences for negligent homicide in oregon without the use of a deadly weapon is six to 15 years. And with a deadly weapon ( a car is a deadly weapon) is 4-15 years. What she got is a slap on the wrist. The victims had a injustice done to them. And far as retribution that was made up in her head. That is not the fault of the Gypsy Jokers. It was her ploy to make herself look better and take the heat off of herself. Right then she should of had to take a drug screen

  2. Sharon Homer (lunch lady) Says:

    The woman used deadly force a car. At the seen she was not required a drug test. Where there was already two dead and many injured. For negligent homicide without a deadly weapon is six months to 15 years and with a deadly weapon is 4-15 years Why so little time.

  3. MtPockets Says:

    Well said, Dutch.
    The thing I don’t get is that they are apparently worried about retaliation, yet they give her such a light sentence?
    If this whole thing had been done in the light of day, and if Neihaus was given a fair sentence, they wouldn’t have shit to worry about. But the way this was all handled just feeds fuel to the flames.

  4. James W Crawford Says:

    Re Jestawoman

    I thought I read an article here recently about the clubhouse being for sale.

    Perhaps my presumption of confiscation was wrong?

    The neighborhood is getting gentrified (infested sith yuppies) so maybbe the club decided to move to a more industrial neighborhood?

  5. Dutchboy Says:

    Evil is done in darkness, especially when done by those in power. Isaiah 29-15 “Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the Lord and who’s deeds are done in a dark place, and they say “Who sees us?” Or “Who knows us?”. You are seen Wheeler County Injustice Crew. You are seen and you are known. You are allowing a mass murderer to walk free with nothing but a slap on the wrist in comparison to the pain and suffering she caused. By doing so you have refused justice not only to the victims whom you have brutalized all over again, you have also refused justice in the face of All Mighty God. Tell me, will you feel vindicated in your actions in the dark in a couple of years when this murder kills again? You did this in the dark because you fear the scrutiny that comes with the light. May God have mercy on your souls.

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