Former Oregon Democrat Gov. Kate Brown might be regretting her decision to grant a career criminal clemency following allegations that the ex-convict allegedly killed four women in four different locations.
Portland, OR murders, 4 deaths connected: Who is Jesse Lee Calhoun? A couple of interesting details about the alleged murderer of 4 young women—he’s the father of two teenagers and smoked meth daily. https://t.co/YKBQqrVE7N
— 78tiger (@78tiger) July 18, 2023
According to Blaze Media, all four women — along with two others— were found dead earlier this year within a 100-mile radius in Oregon and Washington between February and May of this year.
Earlier investigations conducted by several law enforcement agencies initially found no connection between all six murders. However, Investigators have now announced that they have found a link connecting the career criminal to four of the six murders. The four women are Bridget Webster, 31; Kristin Smith, 22; Ashley Real, 22; and Charity Lynn Perry, 24.
Authorities from the office of the Multnomah County District Attorney did not name the suspect in a press release where they identified him as the person linked with all four murders. However, multiple media outlets have identified the suspect as 38-year-old Jesse Lee Calhoun of Portland.
Calhoun, who police have described as a “prolific thief and career criminal,” has served several stints in prison. The 38-year-old began serving a sentence for multiple crimes in 2019. The crimes include possession of a stolen vehicle, burglary, injuring a cop and choking a police canine.
Calhoun, who was scheduled to be released in June 2022, was released in July 2021 after Brown granted him early release. The 38-year-old earned the early release when he volunteered to help fight wildfires over Labor Day weekend in 2020.
The 38-year-old’s voluntary services and the need to reduce the prison population due to the COVID-19 pandemic earned him an early release in 2021. Calhoun was part of 1,000 Oregon convicts who received clemency.
Remember when Dem governors were releasing prisoners early because, you know, Covid? 🤪
Well, one prisoner that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released was Jesse Lee Calhoun.
— Joe Has Dementia (@RokerGlasses) July 19, 2023
Calhoun’s clemency has now been thrown out following fresh allegations against the ex-convicts. Current Oregon Democrat Gov. Tina Kotek, at the request of law enforcement agencies, rescinded Calhoun’s clemency on July 3, 2023.
Jesse Lee Calhoun, 38, is being held in state prison after the governor reinstated a prison sentence that her predecessor had commuted. https://t.co/qVdj7fZ1GC
— Court TV (@CourtTV) July 19, 2023
Authorities arrested Calhoun for parole violation earlier this month. Calhoun allegedly fled from the officers who came to arrest him but was eventually detained after he jumped into the Willamette River in Milwaukie.
Calhoun is now serving the remainder of his sentence at Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, where he is expected to be released in June 2024.
Authorities have not charged him in connection to the death of the four women authorities have not determined the course of the four women’s death.