Oregon inmate indicted on murder charges

Inmate indicted on murder

James Samuel DeFrank, Jr. appeared in Malheur County Court Wednesday via video from the Snake River Correctional Institution, according to court sources. He’s charged with murder in the death of fellow inmate Chris Soren Lange.

DeFrank was convicted of murder in Multnomah County back in 1990 for the death of a Vietnamese immigrant during a robbery gone wrong.

Lange’s beating and subsequent death occurred in May but only came to light in August after another incident at Snake River in which an inmate was shot and wounded by a corrections officer.

I asked Jeanine Hahn with the Oregon Department of Corrections Public Affairs department about the agency’s policy on releasing information about inmate deaths.

This was her response: “The Department does not have a policy that speaks specifically to releasing information about inmate deaths, but it is our practice to be transparent on inmate issues and incidents that would be of interest to the media and the public. In this case our office missed the release. There was quite a bit of time between the actual assault and inmate Lange’s death, and our office was involved in several projects during the May/June timeframe, and we truly just missed it. I take full responsibility for this oversight. As soon as the media/we realized the error, we have attempted to communicate as much information about the incident as possible without compromising the integrity of the investigation.”

See the grand jury indictment against James DeFrank here.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicholas Pennacchi
    Oct 23, 2011 @ 14:27:00

    This is interesting to me because Chris Lange is suspected of murdering my father on May 21st 1983. Chris Lange gets killed on May 21st in prison three months before parole. Wonder why he was moved from pendleton to Snake River? He was more like 64 years old not 54. Nicholas Pennacchi


  2. laurendaugherty
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 12:37:06

    Yes, they got his age about 10 years too young. He was 64. Chris Lange is my biological father. I’ve never met him.


    • Randy Kling
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 14:41:47

      Hello Lauren..Chris was one of my two best friends..Ive known him since he was 19…I saw him at the hospital when he was on life support in Boise…I tried to get a hold of you or any of his kids to no avail…I visited Chris in prison many times…He spoke extremely highly of you.Sometimes I would visit for 2 hours and he would spend a hour of the visit talking about you…There is much I would like to tell you and Lange and his last son Soren-…Chris should have stayed on life support…Jamie I think said it was okay to take him off of it..I was totally against this….The prison wanted him dead as far as I’m concerned (and I have extremely strong reasons for these assertions)..Two years previous to this attack he would have died in prison if I had not intervened and got legal help…please contact me via e- mail…God bless you and all the best..


    • Randy Kling
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 14:58:36

      I wish I knew how to contact you, Lange, Soren( your half brother),or Debby or Angie( his last wife)..


    • Randy Kling
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 15:21:56

      My email is :israelallthebest@gmail.com…thx-


    • Randy Kling
      Dec 11, 2011 @ 15:23:51

      Lauren you were too young to remember but you spent much time with you Dad…I have a picture of you and him…


  3. Randy
    Dec 10, 2011 @ 01:47:05

    Ha.. as far as I’m concerned the prison people wanted Chris dead..One time before the prison authorities left Chris to die..


    • laurendaugherty
      Dec 13, 2011 @ 07:29:35

      Why did they want him dead? Was he mean? I am very curious about him….


      • Randy Kling
        Dec 13, 2011 @ 16:31:51

        Hello Lauren..Please E-mail me at :israelallthebest@gmail.com…I will give you a number to call…Plus credible people to let you know I’m okay…Your mother Debby will remember me as well as your aunts Bobbie and Jerri Sue…Chris was not mean unless someone was his opponent or enemy..He really cared for children and animals…I can say very much about him.He was known as the most dangerous prisoner in Oregon because of his fighting prowess and fearlessness..He was recovering from a very serious illness…I was going to pick him up on his release and help him to start training

      • Randy Kling
        Dec 13, 2011 @ 16:36:59

        Sorry Lauren I got interrupted…I was going to help Chris train boxers in Butte, Montana..He had high hopes of seeing you,Lange, and Soren…Chris was extremely influential in helping me became a Christian at 16 at a Nicky Cruz meeting in Eugene, Oregon.Plus he was one of the two main reasons I stayed away from drugs….hope to hear from you..

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