Ex-Portland lawyer sentenced to more than 8 years in prison for stealing more than $3.8 million in clients’ money

Former personal injury lawyer Lori E. Deveny, who cheated more than 135 clients out of more than $3.8 million, was sentenced Monday to nearly 8 ½ years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman called Deveny’s fraud more “calculating and predatory than desperate,” though he said he believed part of what contributed to Deveny’s downfall was the emotional and physical abuse she endured from her late husband, who took his own life in 2018.

Deveny’s defense lawyer pointed to her terrible marriage to a controlling husband who was 16 years older and convinced her to do things she never would have done before.

But the judge said that still doesn’t explain why Deveny crossed the “huge line” instilled in all trial lawyers from the time they’re sworn in: Stealing from clients will get you disbarred, and you’ll wind up in jail.

In addition to sentencing Deveny, 57, to eight years and five months in prison, Mosman ordered her to pay $4.6 million in restitution in what the state bar has called the worst fraud by a single lawyer in Oregon’s history.

Deveny intends to forfeit her home, her lawyer said.

The sentence came after the judge heard testimony from five of Deveny’s victims, many of whom said the lawyer betrayed their trust when they were struggling to heal from serious injuries.

Gabriella Davidson said she was 18 and relied on a promised settlement from a car accident case to help pay college tuition, but the payment never materialized.

Aubrey Hunter, who was in a head-on car crash, said he had to dip into his retirement funds after losing his job, while Deveny kept stringing him along with all kinds of excuses why his settlement wasn’t forthcoming.

“She used me,” said Nancy Freyer , who came to court on

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Here’s what the Oxford shooter’s attorney said after he pleaded guilty to all charges

The attorney for the Oxford High School shooter says she believes her client made the right choice Monday after he pleaded guilty to the 24 felony charges against him.

The Oxford High School student charged with first-degree murder, terrorism and more in connection with the Nov. 30, 2021, fatal mass shooting pleaded guilty Monday to all charges during a court hearing. The shooter, 16-year-old Ethan Crumbley, admitted to fatally shooting four students and shooting and injuring, with an intent to murder, seven other people.

Crumbley’s attorney Paulette Michel Loftin said after Monday’s hearing that he “made the right decision today,” and that by changing his plea from not guilty to guilty, he’s trying to “take accountability for his actions.”

The shooter was scheduled to go on trial in January of next year, where he was expected to “to assert the defense of insanity at the time of the alleged offense.”

“Originally, we filed a notice of insanity, and based on the conversations that we’ve had and the review of the discovery, we felt it appropriate to withdraw that and have him plead guilty today,” Loftin said.

The shooter is scheduled to appear in court again in February for a Miller hearing, where the judge will consider arguments from both sides before handing down a sentence. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled sometime after the February hearing.

When asked to make a statement addressing the families of the victims, the defense attorney said that she doesn’t think “there are any words that could make [the families] feel any better.” His attorney did say the shooter feels remorseful, though he appeared straight-faced and emotionless in court on Monday.

More: Transcript: Oxford shooter admits to premeditated murder, terrorism amid prosecutor questioning

Loftin also suggested Monday that Crumbley did not specifically target

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Man sentenced for shootings cover-up, sexual enticement of minor

OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) — A far-right, anti-government militia member was sentenced to 126 months in prison on Monday for obstructing justice in an investigation into the shooting of law enforcement officers in Oakland and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, the US Department of Justice announced.

Robert Blancas, 35, from the Bay Area, is a member of the “Grizzly Scouts,” a militia group loosely connected to the so-called “boogaloo” militias, which are anti-law enforcement and anti-government extremists. On May 29, 2020, a two Federal Protective Security Officers at the Oakland federal building were shot by a Grizzly Scout, who killed federal officer David Patrick Underwood and seriously injured the other officer during the George Floyd protests in the city.

The same Grizzly Scout was also involved in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies in Santa Cruz County in June of 2020. Blancas, a self-described “1st Lieutenant” in the militia, admitted in his plea agreement to obstructing the investigation into the shootings to protect his fellow Grizzly Scout.

He and his co-defendants admitted to destroying evidence in an attempt to affect the investigations. Before being indicted for obstruction in March of 2021, Blancas was arrested in December of 2020 for enticing a 15-year-old girl to repeatedly make and send him pornographic photographs and videos of herself.

Blancas admitted to knowing that she was underage and receiving more than 100 pornographic photos and videos from the victim, all while exchanging thousands of messages with her and speaking to her via audio and video calls. Last year, Blancas pleaded guilty to three counts of obstruction of justice, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by destroying records in an official proceeding, and two counts of destroying records in an official proceeding.

He also pleaded

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