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NBA's Terrence Jones has criminal charge in Portland dropped; civil compromise reached
Jones must pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that benefits the homeless, as designated by the alleged victim's lawyer, according to the compromise obtained by The Oregonian Tuesday.
"I'm pleased to say that we were able to resolve the underlying dispute to everyone's satisfaction,'' said attorney James E. McCandlish, who represented the victim in the case.
The harassment case was formally classified as closed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, days before Jones and his team are due in Portland Friday to play the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of the teams' NBA playoff matchup.
Multnomah County deputy district attorney Charles Sparks said the state opposed the compromise, but he declined to say why. Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill said the office routinely takes a standard position against civil compromises.
Jones, a 22-year-old Portland native, had pleaded not guilty to the allegation he subjected a homeless man to "offensive physical contact'' after his July 31 arrest in Portland.
Portland police had accused Jones of trying to wake two sleeping homeless men who were in the doorway of 114 N.W. Third Avenue, and then stomping on one man's legs.
Portland Sgt. Anthony Passadore was patrolling the Old Town area as bars were closing and witnessed the incident, according to police reports.
At the time of Jones' arrest, his then-lawyer Kevin O'Connell told reporters that Jones may have tripped over the sleeping homeless man, yelled at him to "Wake up!'' and nudged him, but did not stomp on him.
According to O'Connell, the homeless man was sleeping in a doorway next to the bureau's Old Town precinct and his body "partly extended onto the sidewalk.''
Portland police said the homeless man, 46-year-old Daniel John Kellerher, suffered a minor injury and did not require immediate medical attention.
"While acknowledging that Terrence may not have been looking where he was walking, with a crowd that had spilled out into the street and were being herded by the police back onto the sidewalk, Terrence tripped over Mr. Kellerher,'' O'Connell said in a release shortly after Jones' arrest last year.
Jones later obtained high-profile Portland criminal defense attorney Janet Hoffman to represent him. Hoffman has not returned calls for comment.
After Jones' arrest, the court granted him the right to travel internationally with his team without restrictions, court records show.
The compromise bars further prosecution in the case.
Jones, the 18th pick in the 2012 draft, graduated from Portland's Jefferson High School before attending the University of Kentucky.