A Madras man who fired multiple gunshots during a road rage encounter on U.S. Highway 26 near the Warm Springs Indian Reservation was sentenced Monday to three years of probation after he apologized to his victims.
“I know what I did was wrong,” Dat Quoc Do said through a Vietnamese interpreter. “I’d like to say sorry. I know this has affected your life, and I really scared you. I promise I will change and be a good person to the community.”
Do, 28, already served 93 days in custody. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon also ordered Do to pay $1,158.89 in restitution to the victims.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Maloney and the victims in the case had urged the judge to send Do to prison for a year and two months for his actions on Labor Day weekend 2017.
On Sept. 4 that year, Do said he fired shots into the air out the passenger window of a white Honda Accord his girlfriend was driving after a Ford Focus pulled out in front of them and after someone inside the Focus threw a bottle at the Accord’s windshield. He didn’t intend to harm the people in the Focus but wanted to scare them, he said at trial.
The Focus driver, Lyda Rhoan, says she and her daughter and niece were traumatized by the event.
The judge said it was wrong of one of the victims to throw a bottle at the Honda but that didn’t excuse Do’s conduct — “taking out a gun, firing six to eight shots and seriously frightening the victims.”
The sentencing followed one of the rare times in federal court in Oregon that a trial judge asked the jury after it had announced its verdict to recommend a sentence. Simon said he didn’t believe Do posed further risk to the victims. Do, now a convicted felon, can no longer possess firearms or ammunition.