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A Salem man accused of trying to abduct his ex-girlfriend in the Lebanon area this week could now could face years in prison due to a probation violation on a Marion County case.

Joshua Lee Jarrett, 32, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree sex abuse in July in Marion County Circuit Court. The victim was a child under the age of 14.

As part of a negotiated settlement in the case, Jarrett was sentenced to five years probation, with a suspended sentence of five years in jail, said Marion County prosecutor Ashley Cadotte. That sentence could become active if his probation is revoked, she said in a telephone interview on Friday.

In Linn County Circuit Court on Wednesday, prosecutor Julia Baker said that the Marion County sentence was a downward departure from a Measure 11 crime that Jarrett had been charged with, and that would have resulted in a mandatory minimum prison term of several years. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Jarrett was charged in Linn County with attempted first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, menacing, fourth-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to authorities and court paperwork, Jarrett broke into his ex-girlfriend’s trailer off Ede Road and waited, then pointed a realistic-looking pellet gun at her when she walked inside on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim’s brother rushed Jarrett, wrestled, punched and hit him with a handgun to subdue him, a probable cause affidavit states.

On Thursday afternoon, in a separate Linn County case, Jarrett was charged with second-degree kidnapping, coercion and strangulation. The crimes allegedly took place on Jan. 18, and his ex-girlfriend was listed as the victim on court documents.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.


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