A former Oregon police officer, who was accused of shooting up a television set before shooting at a truck driver, changed his plea to guilty after the state agreed to reduce the charges.
Sid W. Cameron, 36, Salem, entered his guilty plea to a reduced charge of aggravated assault Wednesday before 2nd District Judge Ronald O. Hyde.
Cameron had earlier entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of attempted murder and criminal mischief.
But he changed his plea after the state agreed to dismiss the criminal-mischief count and reduce the attempted murder charge to aggravated assault. Sentencing is scheduled July 13. Cameron could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Assistant Weber County Attorney Bill Daines told Hyde that a plea-bargain agreement had been worked out and that the state would not recommend jail time if Cameron pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony charge, and if restitution was paid.
Cameron was arrested April 19 at the Flying J Travel Motel after he shot up a television set in his room and then stepped outside and shot at Paul Weisenberger, 45, White City, Ore. He allegedly told law enforcement officials that he had been inhaling fumes from a solvent-soaked rag.
The defendant had previously worked for three police departments in Oregon and as a prison guard. He resigned earlier this year as a reserve officer after he drove his car into the side of a barn on Feb. 2.