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Aug. 7, 2020

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Psychiatrist admits to booby-trapping trail

The Columbian

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A psychiatrist pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for planting booby traps that injured three mountain bikers riding along national forest trails outside of Ashland.

After pleading guilty to assault and reckless endangering, Jackson Dempsey apologized to the bikers, his family and the mental health community in Jackson County Circuit Court in Medford. But he did not explain what led him to string nylon cords across the trails, and put nails and small trees in the path.

In addition to the 30 days in jail, Judge Lorenzo Mejia ordered Dempsey to stay away from national forest trails for the two years that he is on probation.

“That was an important piece” of the plea agreement, said Deputy District Attorney Alisa Ray.

Dempsey has until May 20 to report to jail.

Ray said investigation reports indicated Dempsey walked his dog on the trails and did not like the bikers who regularly rode by.

Dempsey was arrested in July after being spotted near some booby traps.