Eugene, Ore. – A Springfield man was sentenced today to 25 years in prison, lifetime parole, and lifetime registry as a sex offender.
DERREK VAN NELSON was found guilty earlier this month of 4 counts of sex abuse in the first degree, and 4 counts of sodomy in the first degree. Today he was sentenced under “Jessica’s Law for Oregon” on 4 of his 8 measure 11 convictions.
Jessica’s Law for Oregon: In some cases, the judge has discretion to exempt the offender from Measure 11 mandatory sentencing if certain criteria are met. The 25 year sentences for sex crimes and Kidnapping I may be imposed under the provisions of HB 3511, known as “Jessica’s Law for Oregon”, for crimes against a child under the age of 12.
Nelson will spend the entire 25 years in prison, minus time served in county jail, on his sentencing, due to Oregon’s Measure 11 sentencing guidelines, and Jessica’s Law for Oregon.
Once released, Nelson will have to register as a sex offender, and be on parole, for the rest of his life.
Nelson, who was charged back in 2020 for these crimes, was the focus of a manhunt in August of 2021 when he cut off his ankle monitor, and failed to appear in court. Nelson eventually turned himself in on Sept. 3rd, 2021, and has been in the custody of the Lane County Jail since.
Nelson now awaits transfer to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where he will be process for intake, and then placed in an Oregon male prison facility.
(Information from victim’s family, court records, and jail records)