Christopher Lee Wideman

Man gets 60 days for campground beating

A man got 60 days in jail Wednesday and probation for a domestic violence attack at a Rogue River campground that left a woman with three missing teeth and a ruptured eardrum.

Christopher Lee Wideman, 44, of Newport, avoided a potential 70-month Measure 11 sentence in Jackson County Circuit Court because prosecutors said they didn't have the evidence to prove he committed a felony.

Wideman pleaded guilty instead to fourth-degree assault and strangulation, both Class A misdemeanors.

"That doesn't mean it didn't happen," Jackson County Circuit Judge David Hoppe told Wideman prior to sentencing. "It just means they couldn't prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt."

The victim told Jackson County sheriff's deputies that at about 8:20 p.m. Aug. 24, 2016, at Elderberry Flats Campground, she was hit repeatedly after an argument turned physical inside their tent, according to a court document filed in the case.

The victim told deputies Wideman grabbed her by the back of her head and slammed her face on the floor of the tent. He also reportedly put her in a choke hold, and a neighboring camper told police that he saw Wideman hit the woman 15 times over a two-hour period, according to the document.

The victim spoke via phone at the hearing, expressing outrage that Wideman wasn't going to prison.

"I still haven't healed completely," the victim said about her injuries.

During the hearing, the victim expressed frustration because Wideman had hit her and others before.

"He seems to get out of trouble every time," she said.

Lincoln County court documents show Wideman previously attacked the woman June 11, 2015, and was convicted of misdemeanor harassment. He also allegedly shoved her head into the side of a van Jan. 26, 2016, but the case was dismissed because prosecutors lost contact with her.

Hoppe warned Wideman that attempting to contact the victim in any way would lead to consequences more severe than a felony probation violation, because he can impose up to 300 days' jail time for each conviction.

"Your relationship with her is over," Hoppe said.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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