The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office announced that on April 13, 2023, 47-year-old Souner Crain received a 23-year prison sentence for crimes of domestic violence.

“Mr. Crain brutally and physically abused his intimate partner over several days, said Oregon Department of Justice Senior Assistant Attorney General John Casalino, who prosecuted this case. “This survivor was able to break free from the cycle of violence and come to court and hold her abuser accountable.”

This investigation began on October 5, 2022, when the victim was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center with multiple bruises, broken ribs and a concussion. The defendant caused serious life-threatening physical injuries to the victim that required immediate medical attention according to testimony provided during the two-day trial.

“Every relationship deserves to be free of domestic violence”, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Casalino. “That includes behaviors that physically harm, intimidate, manipulate or control a partner, or otherwise coerce them to behave in ways they don’t want to, including through physical violence, threats, or emotional abuse.”

On March 9, 2023, a jury unanimously found the defendant guilty of seven counts, including Strangulation and multiple counts of Assault in the Second Degree. On April 13, 2023, the Honorable Judge Alicia Kersey sentenced the defendant to 276 months in prison.

The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office would like to recognize members of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Chiloquin Fire and Rescue, medical staff at Sky Lakes Medical Center and the Klamath Advocacy Center for their efforts on this case.

The Klamath Advocacy Center has been serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking for over 30 years. Please call the 24/7 Crisis Hotline 541-884-0390 if you need help.

The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office also recognizes investigator, Britnee Elliot for supporting the victim throughout the criminal justice process.

The Klamath County District Attorney’s office is currently being managed by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, through Senior Assistant Attorney General John Casalino of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.

The Criminal Justice Division provides investigative, trial, training and legal advice to support Oregon’s District Attorney and law enforcement agencies. Assistant Attorneys General from the Criminal Justice Division travel to local communities and prosecute crimes throughout Oregon to make all Oregon counties safer.