Jaime Ubay-Farfan Gets Life in Prison for 2020 Road Rage Killing

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Jaime Ubay-Farfan was found guilty of second-degree murder in Umatilla County Circuit Court and was sentenced on March 23 to life in prison.

Jaime Ubay-Farfan

On June 20, 2020 Jaime Ubay-Farfan, who was 24 at the time, shot and killed Tracey Scott Medows, 29, from Hood River in a road rage incident at Lamb Road and the westbound ramp of Interstate 82, southwest of Hermiston.

Just prior to his death, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center received a 911 call from Medows in which he reported a vehicle, later determined to be Ubay-Farfan’s vehicle, had tried to run him off the road. Shortly afterward, Medows was found in his vehicle by an Oregon State Police trooper responding to a report of a man in a vehicle on the side of the road needing medical attention. The trooper found Medows slumped over his steering wheel with the vehicle engine still running. It was later determined he had died of gunshot wounds.

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office responded and activated the major crime team. Prior to his death, Meadows was able to provide plate information and a vehicle description to dispatch which ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of his Ubay-Farfan. UCSO detectives were also able to recover video footage on Meadows’s cell phone of the crime.

Agencies working together to resolve this case included, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Umatilla County District Attorney, Oregon State Police, Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla Police Department, Oregon State Police Mobile Crime Lab, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Kennewick Police Department, Richland Police Department, and Benton County Sheriff’s Office out of Washington state.

Early the morning of June 21, 2020 Jaime Ubay-Farfan was arrested in the state of Washington and lodged at Benton County Jail. On Sept. 8, 2020, Ubay-Faran was extradited to Oregon and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on charges of second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person and felon in possession of a firearm. The latter three charges were dismissed.

Ubay-Farfan can apply for parole after serving 25 years.

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