Mathew Jareth Jason McGowan destroyed the windows of at least seven downtown businesses on the night of May 17. McGowan, who has now plead guilty, was arrested on May 18, and has been sentenced to 120 days in Benton County Jail and one year of post-prison supervision.
His sentence is considered harsh for a first time offender according to Oregon sentencing guidelines, but the prosecutors negotiated a more extensive sentence due to the level of destruction and number of victims affected by his actions.
McGowan was charged with four counts of first degree criminal mischief, a Class C felony, two counts of second degree criminal mischief, and two counts of disorderly conduct in the second degree, class A and B misdemeanors respectively. McGowan was living in a homeless shelter near downtown before he was arrested, and is not from the area.
Five Star Sports, Many Hands Trading Co., the Clothes Tree, the Toy Factory, Northern Star, Runway Fashion Exchange and the Kid Shoppe were the main businesses targeted by McGowan. The Downtown Corvallis Association raised over $24,000 to help replace the broken windows. The extra money from the crowdfunding initiative will go towards supporting local businesses as they reopen during the pandemic.
By Emily Weninger