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Bend man gets 9 years in fatal shooting of Sisters woman

Jenny Cashwell
Jenny Cashwell

(Correction in Porciello statement: 'Cardinal rule of gun ownership'

'I made the biggest mistake of my life,' Alan Porciello tells judge

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Bend man who fatally shot a Sisters woman at his apartment during their first date a year ago was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison, saying he takes “100 percent blame” for the apparent accident and that he “broke the cardinal rule of responsible gun ownership” – always treat a gun as if it’s loaded.

Alan Peter Porciello, 37, also was sentenced to a year post-prison supervision by Deschutes County Circuit Judge Wells Ashby, less than a month after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree manslaughter in the Jan. 12, 2019 killing of Jenny Cashwell, a mother of two at the Cedar West Apartments.

Porciello was ordered to have no contact with certain members of Cashwell’s immediate family, and all of his guns will be seized as well.

Porciello originally was charged with first-degree manslaughter, defined as causing someone’s death “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, a Class B felony defined in state statute as “recklessly causing the death of a person." The potential sentence for that crime ranged from just over six to 10 years in prison, compared to 10-20 years for the more serious charge.

The two had met on the online dating site Plenty of Fish and exchanged messages before agreeing to meet that Saturday to go hiking. Cashwell picked up Porciello in her car and drove to the Pine Nursery Trail, returning several hours later. Cashwell had texted a friend during the outing, saying she didn’t expect to have a second date with Porciello.

In a court filing, Porciello was quoted as telling 911 dispatchers he had shot Cashwell in the chest and that he was “being facetious, acting like I was going to shoot her, and accidentally did.”

Porciello has a traumatic brain injury, the result of two car crashes, which also cost him his right eye, over which he wears a patch.

During the standing-room-only sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Dan Reesor talked about how the pair had exchanged text messages for five days leading up to the date.

Grieving friends of Cashwell remembered her in the days after as a loving, caring mother of two girls, then 8 and 11, who had come through hard times, inspired many and was fond of CrossFit (and Dr. Pepper).

Ashby summarized the contents of several victim impact statements submitted by Cashwell’s family and friends, saying she was “the light of our lives” and speaking of the loss of a wonderful mother, daughter, sister and friend. They said about 500 people showed up at her memorial service.

The judge noted that some who wrote statements were pretty angry about the justice system, which he said was “very understandable,” given such an emotional, tragic situation.

“If I weren’t a judge here, I’d be writing similar letters,” Ashby said.

Porciello’s attorney, Peter Parnickis, read from a “prayer” Porciello wrote over the past year, which said in part, “Father God, I beg of you, please forgive my stupidity. I can’t believe I was so dumb. Jenny is your daughter, please keep her safe … save her, I beg of you.”

The defense attorney also noted that both Porciello and Cashwell owned guns and had concealed carry permits, and had talked in text messages before they met of going shooting together some time.

When his time came to speak, Porciello read a prepared statement, occasionally looking up at the judge: “Your honor, I take 100 percent blame, because I broke the cardinal rule of responsible gun ownership. I made the biggest mistake of my life. And while you may not see my emotions, due to my two traumatic brain injuries, but I promise you, it’s there – I feel it.”

“Those who think I am cold and heartless, nothing could be further from the truth. This is why as soon as it happened, I dialed 911 for help and to turn myself in. I know I deserve punishment, no matter how badly I wish I could undo it.”

“It breaks my heart that I have robbed you all of a very wonderful woman. The main reason I feel this way is, her daughters have to grow up without their great mom. And this is all on me. It’s my fault. I have to deal with it for the rest of my life. This will haunt me for the rest of my life. Every night when I go to sleep, I relive it all.

“This may not mean much to people here, but I am a Christian man. I am so very sorry, from the bottom of my heart. I am so, so sorry, and I hope that someday, you can find it in your heart to be able to forgive me for this horrible tragedy. I don’t ever want to own guns again. I have before, and will for the rest of my life, live on the straight and narrow.”

Before imposing sentence, Ashby said, “There really are no words to capture the loss that people feel and the community suffered from this senseless act. And there is never a good time to lose someone you love. That's just a fact, no matter how the loss occurs.

“Certainly, from this court's perspective, there is never a sentence that this court, or any court can impose that can properly honor Jenny Cashwell's life,” the judge added.

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  1. ““This may not mean much to people here, but I am a Christian man…”

    Yep, that doesn’t mean much to me. Using religion to weasel out of a sentence for such a stupid crime is unacceptable.

    1. about 90% of the inmates that are facing serious charges find jesus before trial, its called playing the system. inmates get a smiley face sticker whenever they attend an AA meeting or church group

  2. “Porciello was ordered to have no contact with certain members of Cashwell’s immediate family, and all of his guns will be seized as well”

    So you murder someone and they don’t take your guns away until after sentencing? What a great country we live in!

    1. This clown has been in jail since the crime happened, his guns were seized at the time and put into evidence most likely. You are just trying to argue about guns for no reason.

  3. “and all of his guns will be seized as well.” What! It was an accident. These things happen all the time with gun kooks and their silly little toys! Thousands and thousands of Americans are killed by guns each year. Its fine! Get over it! Little lyin donnie will pardon him!

    1. don’t blame the gun, this guy should have never had one. the system failed the victim, everyone that knew him said he was an unstable gun nut. a guy with serious rage issues from a few serious accidents given the go ahead to pack a pistola 24/7. this guy should have been red flagged way long time ago. instead of focusing on good citizens rights to have guns lets focus on how people with emotional problems and rage issues are clearing the hurdles to gather arsenals

    2. Past tense fool. You really need to work on your debate skills. “So he was one of those law abiding ones until he robbed a bank.” Make as much sense as your nonsense.

    3. By definition one is law-abiding until one commits and is convicted of a crime.

      Still doesn’t excuse him from violating the cardinal rules of gun safety and yes such a short sentence is absurd. Thank the plea bargaining aka horse trading by the DA.

      1. “By definition one is law-abiding until one commits and is convicted of a crime.”

        are you actually starting to get it? – that’s the point, and the realization that the same endless argument is really, really ignorant, but you will continue to see it over and over

  4. I’m sure this was the biggest mistake of her life. This is an unbelievable sentence. I would truly fear any person who could live with their self after this. Seems conscienceless.

  5. given his traumatic brain injury, gun ownership should have been questioned to start with. His taking ownership does nothing for her and her family. He obviously lacked the judgment needed for “responsible gun ownership”. For her it was a permanent mistake, for him it should have been permanent incarceration.

  6. Not long enough for him He was in the Bend P D citizen’s accacsamey and was asked to leave do to prior drug arrest no one liked him he should have a life in prison

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