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Man who allegedly left dead fish at Goonies House and stole boat, capsized it is indicted

KATU Portland 3/9/2023 Jeffrey Kirsch, KATU Staff
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The strange criminal case against Jericho Labonte is moving forward following an indictment on Wednesday.  

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Labonte, 35, made international headlines in February when he allegedly left a dead fish on the doorstep of the Goonies House in Astoria. Shortly afterward law enforcement says he stole a boat and drove it out to sea, where it then capsized and plunged him into the water - forcing the Coast Guard to save him with a helicopter and rescue swimmer. 

One of his charges involves the allegation he unlawfully and recklessly created a substantial risk of serious physical injury to Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer John Walton. 

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A Clatsop County Grand Jury indicted him on March 8 on charges of first-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and reckless endangering another person

There are no court dates currently set for the criminal case in Oregon. At the time of his arrest, he also had several existing warrants out of Victoria, British Columbia. 

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