Press release from the District Attorney’s Office:

Today, Judge Kelly Neel sentenced 58-year-old Scott Ray Underwood of Rio Dell to four years for felony domestic violence with a prior domestic violence conviction, following his guilty pleas to those charges on March 21, 2022.

The case began on March 6, 2022, when Rio Dell Police Chief Jeff Conner responded to a 911 call regarding a woman screaming within a van who may have been stabbed. Chief Conner found Jane Doe with a stab wound to the abdomen and a facial laceration, caused by her ex-boyfriend Underwood. Mr. Underwood was on felony probation for prior domestic violence against the same victim – that case involved less serious conduct and the victim did not wish to proceed with prosecution.

Deputy District Attorneys Jessica Acosta and Emily Norgaard prosecuted the case with the assistance of victim advocate Velda Gooden. Ms. April Van Dyke represented Mr. Underwood.

The District Attorney’s Office thanks Chief Conner and the Rio Dell Police Department for their diligent and efficient work on this case.