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Further investigation leads to plea deal in Albany attempted murder case

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Scene of alleged crimes in Albany in March (file image) Scene of alleged crimes in Albany in March (file image)
Craig Lazon, jail booking photo Craig Lazon, jail booking photo
ALBANY, OR (KPTV) -

A man accused of tying up a woman for a week, beating her daily and sexually assaulting her reached a plea deal after investigators said significant credibility issues were found regarding the woman's version of events.

Craig Lazon, 37, was arrested in March on charges including attempted aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to the charge of tampering with a witness. The other charges were dismissed.

The woman in this case initially told investigators Lazon kept her imprisoned in her bedroom and brutally attacked her. A neighbor told FOX 12 in March that he found the woman bloodied and bruised and stayed with her until emergency crews arrived.

According to Jonathan Crow, deputy district attorney for Linn County, further investigation revealed credibility issues in the woman's story, including physical evidence and information that many, if not all, of her injuries were self-inflicted.

The woman recanted most of her initial complaint and had a motive to exaggerate, Crow said.

In a statement, Crow said Albany police acted property with a quick arrest in this case, as Lazon has a history of drug use and violence against women and there was significant evidence he had brutally assaulted the woman based on her report and appearance.

"In a case of this nature, an investigation does not stop upon arrest. The District Attorney Office's tasks of seeking truth and then justice require that fact gathering continue. Extensive investigation by law enforcement and the defense since the initial report and arrest provided significant information. That evidence undermined the strength of the case against the defendant as to the crimes first reported," Crow said.

Lazon was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday, with credit for time served, as well as two years post-prison supervision. He must also enter a drug and alcohol treatment program.

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