Attorney accused of firing shots at rival lawyer's office sentenced to 18 months in prison

Erik Graeff booking photo courtesy Washington County Jail

BEAVERTON, Ore. – A Portland attorney who police say shot up another lawyer’s Beaverton office in 2017 was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Erik John Graeff pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and recklessly endangering another person.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Dec. 21, 2017. Investigators say Graeff, who was working as a lawyer at the time, fired six rounds from a handgun into the offices of a Beaverton law firm as part of an ongoing argument between the two attorneys. At least one woman was inside the building at the time.

Investigators later determined one bullet missed the woman’s head by less than a foot.

When investigators served a search warrant on Graeff’s home and vehicle in Vancouver, they found a 9mm firearm that was used in the shooting.

During Graeff’s trial, prosecutors argued he deserved to spend five years in prison because his crime was premeditated.

In addition to his 18-month sentence, a judge also ordered Graeff to undergo two years of post-prison supervision, participate in mental health and alcohol treatment programs and pay a $5,000 fine to the victims. He will also lose his right to own a firearm now that he’s a convicted felon.

Graeff is also facing unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine charges in Clark County, Washington.

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