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State v. Henderson

Court of Appeals of Oregon

May 29, 2014

STATE OF OREGON, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
ERROL LASHAWN HENDERSON, Defendant-Appellant

Submitted April 22, 2014

Clackamas County Circuit Court. CR1201524. George W. Neilson, Senior Judge.

Peter Gartlan, Chief Defender, and Morgen E. Daniels, Deputy Public Defender, Office of Public Defense Services, filed the brief for appellant.

Ellen F. Rosenblum, Attorney General, Anna M. Joyce, Solicitor General, and Erin K. Galli, Senior Assistant Attorney General, filed the brief for respondent.

Before Sercombe, Presiding Judge, and Hadlock, Judge, and Tookey, Judge.

OPINION

Page 737

[263 Or.App. 326] PER CURIAM

Defendant appeals a judgment convicting him of third-degree robbery, ORS 164.395, and third-degree theft, ORS 164.043. He raises two assignments of error on appeal. We reject defendant's first assignment without discussion, and write only to address his second assignment of error, in which he contends that the trial court erred when it ordered him to pay $510 in attorney fees. According to defendant, there was no evidence of his ability to pay the fees, which were not mentioned at sentencing. See ORS 151.505(3) (a court may not order a defendant to pay fees unless the defendant " is or may be able" to pay them); ORS 161.665(4) (same); see also State v. Pendergrapht, 251 Or.App. 630, 634, 284 P.3d 573 (2012) (" [A] court cannot impose attorney fees based on a record that is silent regarding the defendant's ability to pay those fees." ); State v. Kanuch, 231 Or.App. 20, 24, 217 P.3d 1082 (2009) (the state bears the burden of proving that a defendant is or may be able to pay fees). The state acknowledges that, in this case, defendant had no ability to object to the court's imposition of attorney fees and concedes that the court erred in imposing those fees in the absence of any evidence in the record of defendant's ability to pay them. We agree, and accept the state's concession.

Portion of judgment requiring defendant to pay attorney fees reversed; otherwise affirmed.


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