Oregon man misses court date 9 times

OREGON CITY, Ore. — A man who missed nine court appearances on a minor charge was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail when he was finally taken into Clackamas County Circuit Court.

The Oregonian reported that Travis Antonio Gaters, 20, probably would have been fined $250 and avoided a criminal conviction if he had appeared as first required for riding TriMet in February 2012 without a valid fare.

Prosecutor Bill Stewart said Gaters was picked up on a failure to appear charge and jailed seven times. He was often released within a day.

But after he was arrested last week, he was held for Wednesday’s hearing. Gaters pleaded guilty and apologized for his absences.

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