Man convicted of murder sentenced to state hospital, prison
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man convicted of killing an Oregon man with a machete was given concurrent sentences at a state hospital and a prison.
Erik Meiser, 42, was sentenced Tuesday in an Oregon City courtroom to life in prison and up to 20 years under the supervision of the state’s Psychiatric Security Review Board, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
Meiser, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, will begin his sentence in the state hospital. If the state board at any point releases Meiser from the hospital, he will then be sent to prison, prosecutor Chris Owen said.
Meiser was convicted of murder last month for killing 57-year-old Frederick Hayes in September 2012. Meiser was also found guilty except for insanity of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.
When Hayes and his wife were away, Meiser entered their house in the Lake Oswego area. When the couple returned, Meiser was in the kitchen with a machete and a knife, authorities said. Meiser then chased Hayes to the driveway and struck him four times with the machete.
Meiser fled and was apprehended a few days later at motel in Corvallis.
“Mr. Meiser is an extremely dangerous individual who cannot be allowed to prey on innocent victims ever again,” Owen said.
Defense attorneys Jenny Cooke and Robert Huggins didn’t immediately respond to the newspaper’s request for comment Tuesday.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com