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Ordered to Pay Back Victims Fund

Judge says Max attack killer responsible for expenses

10/15/2020, 9:36 a.m.
Man convicted of fatally stabbing two men who confronted him during a racist rant on a TriMet light-rail train order ...
Jeremy Christian last June during the sentencing phase of his convictions for murder and other charges in the stabbing deaths of two men on TriMet and for assaults on others who confronted him as he went on racist rants. (AP photo)

(AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered a man convicted of fatally stabbing two men who confronted him during a racist rant on a TriMet light-rail train to pay $12,046 for expenses incurred by some of his victims.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Cheryl Albrecht ordered Jeremy Christian to pay the money in connection with the 2017 attacks.

The payments include: $2,439 for Demetria Hester, who Christian injured by throwing a Gatorade bottle at her eye; $4,604 for Micah Fletcher, who survived after Christian stabbed him in the neck; and $5,000 for the family of Ricky Best, who died after Christian stabbed him in the neck.

The money already has been paid to Hester, Fletcher and Best’s family by the state’s crime victims compensation fund. The judge’s order means Christian is now responsible for paying back the fund.

Prosecutors didn’t request any additional money, including money for the family of Taliesin Namkai-Meche, who also died when Christian stabbed him in the neck.

Albrecht said although Christian is indigent, he must work out a plan with the Oregon Department of Corrections to reimburse the crime victims compensation fund over time.

In February, a jury found Christian guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree assault and other charges stemming from his actions.

Christian was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.