SEVERE WX : Winter Storm Watch View Alerts

Klamath County Man Convicted on Felony Charges

The case of John Maldonado Jr. has been kept relatively secret—in large part due to serious charges that involved attempting to encourage violence between two of his young children.

Posted: Jun. 22, 2018 4:51 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Chiloquin man has been convicted on multiple felony charges after a largely secretive court case that began in early April with a warrant issued for his arrest.

The April arrest warrant for John Maldonado Jr. stemmed from a secret indictment approved by a grand jury—where prosecutors presented evidence to the jury that Maldonado deserved to be arrested and tried.

Included in the indictment were seven serious charges—Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Murder (w/ Firearm), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (w/ Firearm), Coercion (w/ Firearm), Felon in Poessession of a Firearm, Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Although the court chose not to make public the witness statements that brought about these charges, the allegations themselves told a story:

In early 2017, the prosecution said, Maldonado ordered his 16-year-old son to shoot and kill his 11-year-old younger brother. Moldonado allegedly did this by threatening to frame the older boy for the murder if he didn't agree to pull the trigger—going so far as to grab the older boy by the ear and yank him, then placing the boy's fingerprints on the gun.

Today, Moldonado was convicted after pleading guilty to four of those charges. The three most serious charges were dismissed. Moldonado now stands guilty of Coercion, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence—the first three being felony crimes and the final one a misdemeanor.

Moldonado will be sentenced for those crimes on Tuesday morning.

Article Comments

Medford
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 43°
Brookings
Overcast
47° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 47°
Crater Lake
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 38°
Grants Pass
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 41°
Klamath Falls
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 38°
Rain & Gusty Winds
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Latest Video

Image

VIDEO FORECAST: Spotty Saturday Showers

Image

Daily J! - Actor-Directors

Image

Grants Pass Runner Qualifies for Comrades Marathon

Image

The Pledge: Lone Pine Elementary, Mr.Rossi, 4th Grade

Image

Wet & Windy Friday

Image

Roads blocked near McAndrews and Brookdale

Image

Avista: Ashland natural gas outage due to partially closed valve during routine maintenance

Image

VIDEO FORECAST: Wet & Windy Friday

Image

Uber and Lyft Operate In Ashland

Image

Daily J! - Supreme Court

Community Events