Man Sentenced for 2019 Crash That Killed One and Injured Several Others

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced today that Jason Renfro, entered a plea of no contest to one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Mr. Renfro was sentenced by Judge Kelly Ravassipour to 90 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections under Ballot Measure 11 with five years of post-prison supervision, a lifetime Oregon Drivers’ License revocation, and restitution.

The Jackson County Grand Jury indicted Mr. Renfro on September 3, 2020. The indictment was a result of Mr. Renfro’s conduct on December 10, 2019.

On December 10, 2019, troopers with the Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, troopers found a PT Cruiser, driven by Mr. Renfro, had drifted into oncoming traffic and collided with a VW Beetle. The driver of the Beetle was pronounced dead on scene. The passengers of both vehicles were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious physical injuries. Mr. Renfro was also transported to RRMC before being transported to the Oregon Health and Science University hospital in Portland.

A warrant was obtained for Mr. Renfro’s blood, and a toxicology test showed methamphetamine and marijuana present in his blood, indicative of recent use. In the vehicle, troopers found methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as paraphernalia consistent with the use of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Courtesy of JCDA