Ore. child rapist sentenced to 6 decades
Friday, October 14, 2011
HEPPNER, Ore. (AP) -- An Eastern Oregon judge has sentenced a 33-year-old man to more than six decades in prison for raping and molesting two children.
Edward Joseph Pergande (pur-GAHN-dee) was accused of the crimes against victims aged 4 and 7 during the assaults in 2006 and 2007. A jury convicted him Sept. 2.
The East Oregonian reported (http://bit.ly/oghGW3 ) that Judge Eva Temple imposed consecutive sentences on Thursday, adding up to more than 62 years.
Formerly of Irrigon, Pergande was arrested in the fall of 2008, posted $25,000 bail and disappeared. A year later, someone alerted law enforcement that he was fishing under the Umatilla River bridge in Umatilla. Since then, he's been in the Umatilla County Jail.
He said in court he is innocent and plans to appeal.
Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info