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Ian Cranston sentenced to 10 years in prison in Sept. 2021 fatal Bend shooting of Barry Washington, Jr.

Ian Cranston sentenced to 10 years in prison in Sept. 2021 fatal Bend shooting of Barry Washington, Jr.

(Update: Cranston sentenced; Washington’s family gives statements, Cranston declines to speak)

‘God will deal with Ian Cranston the way He sees fit,’ victim’s mother says

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) 鈥 After tearful statements by the victim鈥檚 mother and family, a Deschutes County judge imposed the required Measure 11 sentence of 10 years in prison Monday afternoon on Ian Cranston of Redmond, found guilty by a jury of manslaughter in last year鈥檚 fatal shooting of Barry Washington Jr. outside a downtown Bend bar.

Washington鈥檚 mother, La鈥橶anda Roberson, spoke tearfully in Circuit Judge Beth Bagley鈥檚 courtroom of how 鈥渢he last 435 days, to be exact, have been a living nightmare for my family and me,鈥 since losing her eldest child. How when she learned her son had not made it, she 鈥減ulled the car over, prayed and screamed at the top of my lungs.鈥

鈥淢y son was my everything, my first born,鈥 she said through tears. 鈥淗e always had a way to cheer you up when you were down. He was loving, caring and was always the life of the party.鈥

While prosecutors did not claim a racial motive at trial, Roberson repeated her view that it鈥檚 鈥渃lear racism was involved in this case.鈥

“Does anyone think that Cranston would have even noticed my son聽if he were not Black? What’s clear to me is that if my son was white, he would be alive today,鈥 Roberson said. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to be Black to know that.鈥

鈥淚 am fragile and broken and have felt sad and despair beyond words can explain,鈥 she read from her statement on paper, interrupted by deep tears. 鈥淢y child was taken from this earth, not of the illness or sickness or an unfortunate accident, but by the hands of a man. There is no pain as intense聽as what is in my broken heart.

Roberson said she considers 10 years in prison 鈥渁 slap on the wrist. He will be able to get out of prison before he is 40, allowed to be married, to have kids.鈥 To the judge, Roberson said. 鈥淚 know聽you have no聽discretion on what Cranston鈥檚 sentence will be because under Oregon law, people convicted of manslaughter in the first degree will be sentenced to ten years in prison.

鈥淏ut God will deal with Ian Cranston the way He sees fit,鈥 she continued. 鈥淎nd while I聽hope whatever time you get, Ian Cranston,聽instead of feeling sorry for yourself. I hope you feel all the pain that me聽and my family have felt.

After that, several other family members also spoke emotionally by phone about the impact of their loss of the young man they knew as 鈥淏J,鈥 called a 鈥渂ig teddy bear鈥 with an infectious smile, sense of humor and willingness to help family and friends.

When the time came and Bagley asked, 鈥淢r. Cranston, is there anything you鈥檇 like to say?鈥 Cranston replied simply: 鈥淣o, your honor.鈥

Bagley told Cranston that despite his self-defense stance and statements on the witness stand, she hoped he’d do things differently now, if he were in such a situation.

“I can鈥檛 imagine how you couldn鈥檛 want to do it differently, that you couldn’t think that you did wrong,” she said, looking at Cranston. “How you couldn鈥檛 realize now, after more than a year, how many lives you shattered — first and foremost, Mr. Washington and his family, your family — yourself.”

鈥淓verybody here lost 鈥 some much more than others,鈥 the judge stated before having Cranston stand and pronouncing sentence.

Some convicted counts were merged with others, but since all sentences, for manslaughter, assault and unlawful use of a weapon, were imposed concurrently, he will serve a total of 10 years, minus time served so far (over a year), and won鈥檛 eligible for 鈥済ood time鈥 programs.

The judge said she will leave determining the amount of required restitution open for 90 days, but expects it will be 鈥渟izable.鈥 She imposed no court fine, so any available funds go to restitution.

On Tuesday, November 15th, after a closely watched, two-week trial and more than six hours of deliberation, a jury acquitted Cranston on a second-degree murder charge but found him guilty of first- and second-degree manslaughter for firing the fatal shot — an act he testified was in self-defense, after being punched by Washington.

On the night of Sept. 19, 2021, Cranston shot and killed Washington on a sidewalk outside The Capitol, a bar in downtown Bend. Cranston was angry with Washington because Washington had complimented Cranston鈥檚 fianc茅e and would not, he said, leave them alone.聽聽聽

Under Measure 11 sentencing guidelines, a manslaughter conviction carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence. State law defines manslaughter as an act “committed recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”聽聽

The jury also convicted Cranston on charges of first-degree assault and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Defense attorney Kevin Sali told reporters after the verdict that the conviction will be appealed, based on several court rulings in the case.

Noah Chast was in the courtroom and will have a full report tonight on NewsChannel 21 at Five.

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