PORTLAND, Oregon – Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that on Tuesday, November 29, Andrew Belsher, 25, was sentenced to 60-months in prison by a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge.
He pled guilty to seven charges including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Person Injured, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and three counts of Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and one count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
The charges stem from multiple incidents between 2020 and 2022.
In 2020, Portland police officers found a firearm and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the trunk of a vehicle Belsher was driving. In a separate incident in 2021, Belsher crashed a vehicle and fled the scene, leaving behind an injured passenger. Later that year, Portland police officers found Belsher with a stolen vehicle. The officer addressed a passenger in the stolen vehicle, at which time Belsher instructed the passenger not to speak with the police, stating “Don’t say anything and it’ll just get no-complainted.” He accrued a total of three charges associated with car theft in 2021, and two more in 2022.
“Belsher is emblematic of the type of offender that our community will absolutely not tolerate. His crimes affected his victim’s ability to get work, take their children to school, and feel safe. He thought he would get away with it. Let today’s outcome be a message to those who might make the same mistake.” Deputy District Attorney Victor Mercado Negro stated.
Recent data shows that The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office prosecutes 77% of motor vehicle theft.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their work on this case.