Guilty plea sets man free from jail

EUGENE, Ore. - A man jailed since an altercation with police last month went free Monday after pleading guilty and having his sentence imposed as time served.

Jessie Wright, 30, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in a plea agreement. The charges stem from a post-birthday brush with police.

Police said an intoxicated Wright got in an officer's face as the birthday boy left a downtown bar early Saturday, February 23. Police said Wright resisted arrest and accused him of turning a police Taser on an officer.

Wright's friends and family denied the police account of what happened and questioned why Wright was held in jail even as other inmates went free due to overcrowding.

On Monday, Wright pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 2 years probation. He was let go as having served his jail time while awaiting trial.

Attempts to contact Wright and his friends for comment Tuesday went unanswered.

A police spokeswoman said police couldn't talk about the case until it went to trial; even once she was made aware that the case had been processed by the court system, the spokeswoman refused comment.