Central Oregon DailyIan Cranston sentencing Monday in death of Barry Washington Jr.

Ian Cranston sentencing Monday in death of Barry Washington Jr.

(Editor’s note: The video above is from the day the verdict was read)

Ian Cranston, the man found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Barry Washington Jr. in downtown Bend last year, will be sentenced Monday.

Cranston was found guilty of first and second degree manslaughter, first degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of Barry Washington, Jr.  He was found not guilty of second degree murder.

Washington was shot and killed in downtown Bend in September 2021.

Sentencing is set for 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Following six days of attorney arguments and testimony, the jury spent roughly six hours deliberating before coming to their decision. The jury heard from multiple witnesses including from Cranston, his friend Tyler Smith, his fiancé, police officers who responded to the scene and forensic investigation experts.

“I’m just pleased to have some sort of justice for my son,” said Washington’s mother, Lawanda Roberson, after the verdict was read. “This has been very hard and hopefully this is just something that will bring a little bit of closure.” 

Roberson said she understood the case was a hard one and was thankful that the jury did not side with the self-defense argument.

Kevin Sali, Cranston’s attorney, said after the verdict that he would be filing an appeal.

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