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Youth involved in MacLaren riot gets 7.5 years

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19-year-old also ordered to pay more than $35,000 in restitution for his role in July 6 incident


A 19-year-old has been sentenced to prison time after being convicted for his role in a riot at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn this past summer.

Willie Laray Waller, of Lake Oswego, was charged with rioting, first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of felony assault of an officer and aggravated harassment, in connection with a July 6 incident at MacLaren.

MCSO - Willie Waller.That night, Waller was one of six youths housed in the facility’s Geer complex (which contains Mac-Laren’s higher-security units) who accosted Oregon Youth Authority staff, damaged property and barricaded themselves in a building for several hours.

Waller, who at the time of the disturbance was the only participant over the age of 18, has been lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility while his case was being adjudicated.

While at the jail, Waller was involved in a second incident on Aug. 31, in which he spat into a deputy’s face and damaged a sprinkler, according to court records.

This led to the filing of separate charges of aggravated harassment and second-degree criminal mischief.

In September, Judge Cheryl Pellegrini agreed to the state’s motion to consolidate the two cases, and on Dec. 21, Waller appeared before her for sentencing.

Pellegrini accepted the stipulated penalties of 60 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections for the first case and 30 months for the second, for a total of 90. Waller was given credit for time served. The charges of rioting and aggravated assault in the first case were dismissed.

In the case stemming from the MacLaren incident, Waller was also ordered to pay more than $35,000 in restitution to the state of Oregon and OYA. Upon release, he will be subject to two years post-prison supervision.

According to online jail records, Waller was transported to the DOC’s Coffee Creek Intake Center in Wilsonville on Dec. 22, where he remains as of press time.

At approximately 8 p.m. July 6, two OYA security staff members were called to the Geer complex on a report of youths “rioting, engaging in tumultuous and violent conduct” — according to a probable cause statement filed in Waller’s case.

Waller assaulted the two staff members upon their arrival, throwing a sandal into the groin area of one and firing a soap dispenser into the other’s face.

Waller also threw a paper cup containing “suspected urine” onto one of the employee’s face and shirt.

Oregon State Police were called to assist and attempted peaceful negotiations for several hours, during which the youths “extensively” damaged the housing unit and even fashioned weapons out of some of the materials they had seized.

“The inmates continued damaging the housing unit by breaking/damaging/destroying sinks, plumbing lines, desks, chairs, windows, doors, medical carts containing medication, computers, computer monitors and TVs,” the statement said.

Police eventually ended the stand-off using tear gas, when concerns arose that the youths might ingest substances from a secured medications cart they had broken into.

Tyler Francke covers all things Woodburn. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1195.