A new sentencing date has been scheduled for Jeremy Christian.
Christian, 37, was scheduled to be sentenced in late March for the fatal stabbings of two men and the serious wounding of a third man on a MAX train in 2017. But Multnomah County Circuit Judge Cheryl A. Albrecht postponed the sentencing because of coronavirus outbreak.
A sentencing hearing is now scheduled for the morning of June 18, court records show. It’s a tentative date, according to KATU-TV, which first reported about the hearing.
Jurors this winter found Christian guilty of 12 crimes, including first-degree murder for the deaths of Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best, attempted first-degree murder for the serious wounding of Micah Fletcher, and hate crimes against two teenage girls, one who was wearing a hijab.
Christian could be sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of release, known as “true life.” Or he could be sentenced to life in prison with a 30-year minimum. Oregon’s new first-degree murder law, passed as Senate Bill 1013 last summer, gives the judge both options.
Christian’s defense attorneys, however, are arguing that the new law, is unconstitutional and as a result leaves the judge with only the second option — sentencing Christian to life with a 30-year minimum.
Christian stabbed the men on a Green Line train as it pulled into Northeast Portland’s Hollywood Transit Center on the eve of Memorial Day weekend in 2017.