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Former Vancouver attorney sentenced to 6 months for attempted drug production

A former lawyer already imprisoned for shooting at an Oregon attorney’s office was sentenced Friday to another six months for a drug charge stemming from the discovery of a drug lab in the basement of his Vancouver home.

Erik John Graeff, 44, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to a single count of attempted manufacturing of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. Graeff originally faced possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, and manufacturing methamphetamine and MDMA.

Judge David Gregerson accepted the state’s offer for Graeff to serve his local sentence concurrently to his 11 1/2 -year prison sentence handed down in Washington County, Ore., Circuit Court.

Graeff was arrested and booked Feb. 28, 2018, into the Washington County Jail following a search of his home in Vancouver’s Shumway neighborhood. The arrest stemmed from a Dec. 21, 2017, shooting at a Beaverton law firm, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Graeff reportedly had an ongoing dispute with attorney Terrance Hogan, with whom he had been working on a civil case. Hogan left Graeff a voicemail earlier in the day of the shooting, expressing his displeasure with Graeff’s performance on the case. The two exchanged taunting emails about three hours before the shooting, the affidavit states.

After connecting Graeff to the shooting, police searched his home. During the search, officers found several boxes of pseudoephedrine, which is used in the production of methamphetamine, in a hall closet. A computer in the house contained notes and videos on how to produce drugs, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Clark County Superior Court.

In the basement, officers found what they believed to be was a methamphetamine laboratory. They confiscated a glass jar containing a white crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit states.

During Friday’s hearing, Gregerson said he recognized Graeff and asked if he had appeared before him in court previously. Graeff nodded yes. After the judge accepted the plea, Gregerson asked Graeff what he did for work.

“I was an attorney,” Graeff told Gregerson, who followed up with questions about where Graeff lived and practiced law.

“There are a lot of resources out there if you want to get clean. I’m sure you can change your life,” Gregerson said.


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