New charge, guilty pleas for murder defendant George Craigen

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PENDLETON — Murder defendant George West Craigen of Milton-Freewater, who pleaded guilty Friday to gun charges from 2011, faces a new charge related to possession of a shank in the Umatilla County Jail.

Craigen pleaded guilty Friday to multiple counts of felon in possession of a firearm. His sentencing is Wednesday at 10 a.m.

District Attorney Dan Primus said he is seeking a sentence of two years in the three firearms cases.

According to the district attorney’s office, Craigen skipped a court hearing on firearms charges the morning of Dec. 30, 2011, the day he is accused of shooting and killing Cecil “Rob” Carter of Milton-Freewater.

Craigen’s new criminal case involves a charge of supplying contraband. The incident was Friday, Primus said, when deputies found Craigen had an item was wasn’t supposed to have.

KUMA-News reports Primus identified the item as “some sort of object that had been sharpened on one end, so, obviously, a dangerous weapon and that’s what we’ve charged it as.”

A trial date has yet to be set in this new charge, KUMA reported.

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