FILED: December 6, 2006
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OREGON
STATE OF OREGON,
CRUZ MARGARITO GORDIAN,
aka Margarito Gordian-Cruz,
Appeal from Circuit Court, Hood River County.
Donald W. Hull, Judge.
Submitted on record and briefs October 31, 2006.
Peter A. Ozanne, Executive Director, Peter Gartlan, Chief Defender, Legal Services Division, and Rebecca A. Duncan, Chief Deputy Public Defender, Office of Public Defense Services, filed the brief for appellant.
Hardy Myers, Attorney General, Mary H. Williams, Solicitor General, and Erika L. Hadlock, Assistant Solicitor General, filed the brief for respondent.
Before Haselton, Presiding Judge, and Brewer, Chief Judge, and Rosenblum, Judge.
Defendant was convicted of three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, ORS 163.427, based on his plea of guilty, and was sentenced on each offense to a 20-month presumptive prison term, with each sentence to run consecutively. Defendant argued to the sentencing court, and reasserts on appeal, that the court could not impose consecutive sentences based on facts neither found by a jury nor admitted by defendant, citing Blakely v. Washington, 542 US 296, 124 S Ct 2531, 159 L Ed 2d 403 (2004). We need not reach the question whether, as a general matter, the rule of law announced in Blakely applies to findings made in support of consecutive sentences. Under ORS 137.123(2), a court is not required to make findings to support imposition of consecutive sentences if the crimes did not "arise from the same continuous and uninterrupted course of conduct," i.e., in the same criminal episode. Here, the three counts of sexual abuse to which defendant pleaded guilty were alleged in the indictment to have occurred during separate criminal episodes. Thus, to the extent that Blakely is implicated by consecutive sentencing, we conclude that the sentences in this case fall within the exception enunciated in Blakely for sentences based on facts admitted by a defendant. See generally State v. Herrera-Lopez, 204 Or App 188, 129 P3d 238, rev den, 341 Or 140 (2006).