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Violent assault results in 60-month sentence

Isaiah James Smartt

On March 22, Isaiah James Smartt was sentenced to 60 months in prison after pleading guilty in Harney County Circuit Court to assault in the third degree.

On Aug. 18, 2016, Burns Police officers were dispatched to 610 N. Broadway in Burns for a reported assault. Law enforcement observed a 30-year-old male lying on the floor in a pool of blood with serious injuries to his head. The victim was transported for medical services, but because of the violent nature of the assault, his right eye was removed.

Earlier in the evening, the victim had arrived at the Burnstown apartments. Smartt, two females, and a minor child were present. Alcohol was consumed. Over the course of the night, Smartt became combative over alcohol. Smartt began berating and striking the victim. Smartt utilized brass knuckles as he continued to land blows on the victim’s head. Smartt continued the attack after the victim fell to the floor. The victim was able to discharge pepper spray prior to losing consciousness.

Detective Robby Tiller of the Burns Police Department conducted the investigation. A series of interviews revealed Smartt as the assailant.

A Harney County Grand Jury charged Smartt with: Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Assault in the Fourth Degree. Harney County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Hughes prosecuted the case, which resulted in Smartt’s sentence of 60 months in prison, followed by 36 months post-prison supervision.

One thought on “Violent assault results in 60-month sentence

  1. I would like to say that the DA information that you have stated in the this article, is unfounded. There was no evidence of use of brass knuckes it was a suggested … and you give reason why the altercation happened? As far as anyone know is that the victim was wanting to fight a minor over drinks, and which none of the adults were charged with contributing alcohol to a minor. It makes me angry that no other individual that has gone thru the HC courts and sentenced to prison was put on the front page of BTH. There was no reporter in the courts to hear what was said, and you take the DA words on what transpired in the court room. . Judge Cramer said to my son” looking at your family history, you will have a hard time” he based his decision on our family? How ? I don’t know. The DA may have prosecuted the case, but Isaiah agreed to plead guilty just to get out of Harney County jail, that should be condemned as a jail.
    I do think there is story there for the paper, the Harney County Jail, is it safe and is it up to codes to be a jail? Needham takes away commissary, paper & pencil from inmates of HC jail.

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