July 20, 2023

Oregon Governor's Early Release Prisoner Arrested in Serial Killings

An Oregon prison released early on good behavior has been arrested in connection with the serial killing of four women.

James Calhoun, 38, was arrested on parole violation and has not yet been charged in the deaths.

"Calhoun’s expected release date after a 20 percent reduction due to good behavior was originally set for June 30, 2022, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections," Breitbart News reported.

"However, Gov. Kate Brown (D) shortened his sentence by 11 months after he assisted in fighting wildfires, and he was released July 22, 2021. He was among the more than 1,000 inmates who received clemency from the former governor as part of her pandemic-era criminal justice reform," it added.

"On July 3, Governor Kotek revoked Calhoun’s commuted sentence at the request of the Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt," KOIN News reported.

"Records obtained by KOIN 6 News show that Schmidt recommended the reversal on June 30, 24 days after he was booked into the Multnomah County Jail," it continued.

Details in the connections of the deaths of the four Portland-area women continue to emerge as the case remains under investigation.

The death spanned a time period of several months, starting in February when a 22-year-old woman was found dead after she was reported missing three days before Christmas.

The most recent death connected to the case was in May. The suspected murders were not originally connected but were later found to share traits that led to Calhoun's arrest.

More details are expected but the concerns are growing as residents grow upset over the governor's early release of the criminal.

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