Police say Douglas Dale Johnston fled the state after his child in Bonanza died from lack of food, and medical attention.
Johnston pleaded ‘guilty’ to lesser charges Wednesday morning in Klamath County Court.
“Mister Johnston was a long haul truck driver, and did not have a large role in the actual rearing and care of Jed, the baby.” Explains Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Cole Chase. “And it would have been difficult to prove that he had a role in the child’s death.”
The baby’s mother, Ashley Grace Irwin, pleaded ‘guilty’ earlier this month to a charge of criminally negligent homicide for the death of her child.
She was sentenced to over 8 years in prison.
Johnston pleaded ‘guilty’ to two counts of criminal mistreatment involving their other children.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.