Umatilla Circuit Court Judge Dan Hill sentenced Jonathan Lee McDonald to 20 years in prison for his role in a series of crimes committed in Milton-Freewater in 2019 and 2020.
McDonald pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and second-degree burglary. Hill sentenced McDonald on Feb. 15 to a minimum of 20 years of incarceration without reduction for any reason.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Milton-Freewater Police Department with assistance from the Umatilla/Morrow Major Crime Team. Investigators determined that McDonald committed or assisted in committing crimes against eight different victims in the Milton-Freewater area over the course of approximately three weeks in five separate criminal episodes, according to Umatilla County District Attorney Daniel Primus.
The investigation determined that the co-defendant, Michael Metcalfe, murdered George Martin on Jan. 3, 2020. Metcalfe was convicted on June 4, 2021. Primus said further developments showed that Metcalfe and McDonald were also responsible for robbing victims in the Red Tea Garden on Dec. 14, 2019, and First Stop Market on Jan. 3, 2020. Acting on his own, McDonald was also responsible for a robbery at the Sam’s Comer Market on Jan. 13, 2020, according to Primus.