Suspect in stabbing out of jail in 2 days due to lack of space

Suspect in stabbing out of jail in 2 days due to lack of space

EUGENE, Ore. - A man arrested Saturday on charges that carry a 7 1/2 year mandatory minimum prison sentence was released Monday from the Lane County Jail without having to post bail due to a lack of jail beds.

Police arrested Dustin Wayne Renfroe, 28, on Saturday on first-degree assault charges in connection with a stabbing in downtown Eugene that put the victim in the hospital.

Assault in the first degree is a Measure 11 crime, so-called for the Oregon ballot measure that imposed mandatory minimum sentences on violent crimes against people. First-degree assault carries a minimum sentence of over 7 years.

Renfroe was released from jail Monday as part of a "capacity based release." Jailers use a matrix to determine which offenders they have room to keep at the jail.

Renfroe will be expected to show up for his court hearings of his own accord. If he does not, the court can issue a warrant for his arrest.