HILLSBORO, Ore.- On January 23, 2019, Washington County Judge Andrew R. Erwin sentenced Erik John Graeff to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey prosecuted the case and asked the court to sentence Graeff to 60 months in prison, the presumptive sentence for felonies involving the use of a firearm.

The charges stem from a December 2017 incident in which Graeff, who was working as a lawyer at the time, fired six rounds from his handgun into the offices of a Beaverton law firm. At least one woman was inside the building at the time of the shooting. Investigators later determined that one of the bullets missed the woman’s head by less than a foot.

After searching cell phone records, investigators learned that Graeff drove from his home in Vancouver, Washington, to the law offices in Beaverton during the height of rush hour traffic. Investigators served a search warrant on Graeff’s home and vehicle in Vancouver and located a 9mm firearm used in the shooting. McKey argued that Graeff had ample time to reconsider his actions and recommended the five-year sentence because the crime was premediated.

In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Erwin also ordered Graeff to undergo two years of post-prison supervision, participate in mental health and alcohol treatment programs and pay a $5,000 fine to the victims. He will also lose his right to own a firearm due to his felony conviction. Graeff is currently facing unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine charges in Clark County, Washington.

Graeff has been transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

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Stephen Mayer
Public Information Officer
January 24, 2019