Former Winston mayor sentenced to 16 months in prison

Former Mayor Kenneth Barrett was arrested last March for inappropriate messages sent to, and attempting to meet up with someone he thought was an underage girl.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 6:50 PM

ROSEBURG, OR. -- The former mayor of Winston has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after being found guilty of trying to meet up with a teenage girl for sex.

At Thursday’s sentencing, Judge William Marshall was made aware of phone calls that took place between Barrett and his wife, as well as one with a friend.

In those calls, he indicated he purposefully changed a statement he made to Judge William Marshall to coincide with the phrasing of a question asked to him.

The prosecution also pointed out that some of the other indications Barrett made in those calls pointed to him having no remorse for his actions.

“Looking at Mr. Barrett’s jail calls from the time he was found guilty by your honor, through, most recently, just a couple days ago, his entire focus has been on entrapment and appeals,” said Prosecutor Ian Ross. “And quite frankly, it’s very clear from listening to his jail calls that he does not believe he did anything wrong. Based upon that, the state feels that any sort of treatment would be inappropriate, and would not reduce that risk.”

Judge Marshall decided the risks were too great to release Barrett on parole, and gave him that sentencing of 16 months.

Once out of jail, Barrett will have three years of post-jail supervision.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

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