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27 Years for Attempted Murder of Homeless Men

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A Portland has been sentenced to 26 years and eight months in prison for a series of attacks during which he tried to kill a man with a baseball bat and stabbed another man and forced him to walk into the river.

The Statesman Journal reports that at least two of the victims were transients living in the Salem, Oregon, area.

Joseph Michael Sizemore, 33, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and coercion. He was sentenced Tuesday.

He and Brady Canaga, 23, of Turner, were arrested in March after their third alleged victim was hospitalized with a punctured lung and deep laceration to his knee.

Canaga remains in Marion County jail on similar charges. He is scheduled to plead and be sentenced on July 17.

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