Verdict in for Southern Oregon man: It's not okay to shoot just any intruder

Verdict in for Southern Oregon man: It's not okay to shoot just any intruder

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - A Southern Oregon man who killed an intruder in 2008 has been sentenced to 19 months in prison.

A manslaughter charge carrying a minimum sentence of six years was dropped as part of the plea agreement with 35-year-old Keith Cramer of Sutherlin, a hunting and fishing town near Roseburg. Cramer had pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and was sentenced Friday.

Cramer shot Michael Shane Smith, an Alaska man who was in Sutherlin to be near his dying mother.

Cramer's family found Smith sleeping on a couch in their house and summoned Cramer from a bar. Shortly afterward, he called police to report the shooting.

Prosecutors said Oregon law does not allow people to use deadly force, even in their own homes, unless the intruder is committing a felony. Smith was trespassing, which is not a felony under Oregon law.

- The News Review in Roseburg contributed to this report.

 

See KATU.com's previous coverage of the case involving Keith Cramer.