January 26, 2022
Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director
DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for James Javontae Barquet, 29, for two counts of murder
PORTLAND, Oregon – today Multnomah County District Attorney announced that James Javontae Barquet, 29, was sentenced to life in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of fifty years before becoming eligible for parole after pleading guilty to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree.
Barquet fatally shot two people and robbed a gas station in downtown Portland over the course of four hours between November 19 and 20, 2018.
The investigation began when 70-year-old Carol Horner was found deceased from a gunshot wound under the west end of the Morrison Bridge.
Later that evening a Chevron gas station on SW 4th Avenue and W Burnside Street reported a robbery. Barquet attempted to steal a pack of cigarettes, threatening the clerk with a gun. The clerk reached for the gun at which point Barquet fled, pulling a small silver wheeled suitcase.
The second homicide took place just after midnight on November 20. The victim, a 51-year-old Brian Hansen was found deceased from a gunshot wound on the Burnside Bridge. Video surveillance depicted Mr. Hansen walking on the bridge while being followed by an individual pulling a wheeled suitcase consistent with the suitcase from the Chevron robbery. A flash consistent with a gunshot can then be seen in the surveillance video where Mr. Hansen’s body was found.
Barquet was located by police on November 20 in possession of the wheeled suitcase and a gun. His appearance was consistent with the suspect from the Chevron robbery and also the surveillance video from the Burnside Bridge. He was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. Subsequent testing confirmed that the gun in Barquet’s possession was used in both homicides.
During the pendency of the case, Barquet was evaluated and treated at the Oregon State Hospital to ensure his mental competence to stand trial or to enter a plea. On January 14, 2022, after reviewing hospital evaluations and hearing testimony, the Honorable Judge Ryan ruled that Barquet is mentally competent to proceed with his case.
Family members of Mr. Hansen were present in the courtroom at sentencing shared victim impact statements with the court.
“My brother was sensitive, sweet, and had a goofy sense of humor and was always there in times of need,” Kathy Hansen, Mr. Hansen’s sister said in her victim impact statement.
“I have an idea of how to process grief, but this pain goes deep into my soul… a piece of my heart that my brother held is gone.” Ms. Hansen continued.
“My one regret in life will be not having the chance to comfort my dad in his final moments,” Tasha Hansen, Mr. Hansen’s daughter said in her victim impact statement.
Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero, the lead prosecutor on this case acknowledged the families of both victims in her closing statement.
“I want to recognize the strength and resilience of the families of both victims over the last three years… It is clear that we are worse off without Mr. Hansen and Mrs. Horner in our community.” Deputy District Attorney Marrero said.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office works closely with the City of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention and attends the bi-weekly Community Peace Collaborative meeting, which is a coalition of law enforcement, service providers, and community members who are focused on encouraging people to take a stand against gun violence.
In August 2017, the Portland Area Crime Gun Initiative was formed in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Crime Lab, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the ATF.
The Portland Area Crime Gun Initiative works with its partners to prevent violent crime by identifying perpetrators, linking criminal activities, and identifying sources of crime guns for immediate disruption, investigation, and prosecution.
For more information on the Portland Area Crime Gun Initiative, please click here.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their assistance in this case. The victim’s families request privacy at this time. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office generally refrains from publishing the names of victims. An exception was made in this case in light of the public discourse regarding this incident.