Eric Wayne Butner will be in prison for the next 75 months after he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.
Butner, 40, La Grande, faced Union County Circuit Court Judge Russ West in court this week. He was additionally sentenced to 120 days in jail at the Union County correctional facility, with credit for time served.
Butner was arrested in mid-December after he assaulted his girlfriend, leaving her with serious injuries, according to a press release from Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel. When officers arrived on the scene, Butner was not there. La Grande Police Det. Ralph Graffunder located Butner sometime later and arrested him.
Butner was additionally sentenced to 90 days in custody after pleading guilty to two counts of contempt of court stemming from the fact that Butner continued to contact the victim of the assault after being ordered not to.
Butner has a history of assault charges and other violent convictions, according to the press release.
His first felony offense in Oregon was in 2010 when he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault, according to his Oregon court records. In 2012, Butner was charged with first-degree animal abuse and first-degree theft, charges that were later dismissed. In 2014, Butner was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault, menacing and harassment. Most of those charges were dismissed. Butner was charged with fourth-degree assault in that case.
Judge West spoke to Butner before handing down the sentence.
“When you start doing domestic violence, you realize it’s not about the alcohol. It’s about the power and control,” the judge said.
According to the release, West told Butner his behavior is “flat-out wrong.”
Brytney Stanley, deputy DA, told the judge this is Butner’s third domestic violence conviction, and he was on supervised probation and bench probation at the time of this conviction.
Originally, Butner was charged with three counts of fourth-degree assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, harassment, first-degree criminal trespass and attempt to commit a class B felony.