CANYON CITY – Judge William D. Cramer Jr. sentenced Bobby Wayne Lampton, 63, in the Grant County Circuit Court to 30 years in prison Wednesday, July 1, for sex crimes against a child.
Lampton, from Bradford, Ark., was found guilty on six counts after a jury trial, including two counts of sodomy in the first degree, one count of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree and three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree on June 24.
“Justice was served,” said Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter, who prosecuted the case along with Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson.
“Lampton could have been sentenced to 600 months (50 years), but the court took into account a variety of circumstances and decided on 360 months, which is an appropiate resolution,” Carpenter said. “The likelihood that he will get out of prison during his lifetime is slim.”
Because of the Measure 11 statute, which this case fits because the victim was under the age of 12 at the time of the sexual abuse, the sentencing is increased, from 100 months to 300 months.
Lampton will be required to serve that amount of time – the statute does not allow for early release programs.
He received credit for time served in the Grant County Jail – about one year.
As of Tuesday this week, Lampton remained in the local jail; he’ll be transferred to a prison, the location to be announced at a later date.
Attorney Renee Denison of Ontario represented Lampton in the case, who pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Family members of the victim were given the opportunity to make statements.
“You hear about this stuff in Hollywood, not in real life” said the victim’s father. “To be honest, at one point in time, it was good that (law enforcement) detained him and not me – I would have done bad things.”
“The things that my daughter was put through, I can’t even hear it,” he continued. “(You say you’re Christian) ... Christian men don’t do this kind of sick, perverted nastiness.”
The victim’s grandmother said abusers “hope their victims will remain silent.”
“I hope you are never allowed around another child for the rest of your life,” she said.
She added the victim is “safe, flourishing, and will rise above.”
“Thank God for law enforcement,” the grandmother continued. “May you go through the hell you’ve put my (grandchild) through.”
The victim’s mother, looking back at many family members who attended the sentencing hearing, said, “This family protects one another – (we were) your worst nightmare.”
She said her child is courageous and no longer afraid, and she added the victory is not only for her child but for other victims of abuse.
The mother added she’s usually a forgiving person, but not in this case.
“May He not have mercy on you,” she said.
Speaking to the audience, Cramer said these types of cases are always hard because “there’s always more than one victim – many individuals have been affected by what has happened.”
Cramer noted he recently had a similar case in Burns.
Looking at the victim, he said, “You did a very brave thing.”
After the sentence was given, Lampton spoke out, “Why don’t you just shoot me now.”
He said he would appeal to a higher court.
After the hearing, Carpenter said an appeal doesn’t mean the person convicted receives another chance; if there is an appeal, the Oregon Court of Appeals would review the case to see if any errors were made by the court.
The 2010 allegations stemmed from conduct involving an 8-year-old child who was unrelated to Lampton, but with whom Lampton had a “grandfather” type relationship, Carpenter said in a press release.
The allegations were disclosed and charges filed in 2012, the evidence presented to a Grant County grand jury.
Lampton was aware of the charges and remained at large until being arrested in Kimberly June 14, 2014.
Local law enforcement together with federal marshals tracked Lampton through Oregon, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.
“The complexities of this case and the demeanor of the defendant were very concerning as trial approached,” he said.
Carpenter highlighted the contributions of several people he said helped the trial go smoothly: Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Moore, victim’s advocates Andrea Officer and Ashley McClay, DA staff Cleo McCluskey and Michele McManama, former DA Ryan Joslin, and Chief Deputy Matt Ipson.
“I very much appreciate all of their contributions in obtaining a just result,” he said.