COQUILLE — A Lakeside man pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of manslaughter in the first degree related to the beating death of another man at a Lakeside supermarket on Sept. 15, 2017.
Presiding Judge Martin Stone sentenced Kentaurus Eagle Rondeau, 31, to 10 years in state prison on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the first degree in the death of Randy Bendel, 55, of Lakeside. Rondeau was initially charged with murder which would have levied a much lengthier prison sentence. Since Rondeau had no previous criminal record, the Coos County District Attorney offered the reduced sentence of manslaughter 1. However, since manslaughter in the first degree falls under the Measure 11 state statute, Rondeau is not eligible for any early release or parole.
Bendel died from "violent blunt-force trauma," according to a probable cause statement filed by a Coos County Sheriff's deputy investigating the case.
Bendel died after being forcefully thrown to the ground of a parking lot of a local supermarket and then repeatedly stomped on several times by Rondeau.
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According to the statement filed in Coos County Superior Court, when deputies arrived at the incident in the 200 block of South Eighth Street, Bendel was "covered in blood and had sustained substantial injuries, which the deputy believed were "life threatening." Shortly after the deputies arrived at the scene, rescue personnel arrived and began treating Bendel for his wounds.
The report said that two women approached the deputy because they had witnessed what happened to the victim. One of the women told deputies that she heard some yelling and then saw a man in a white T-shirt forcefully throw Bendel to the ground. She said the man got into a yellow truck and fled the scene.
Deputies using a K9 unit searched for Rondeau and a search warrant was obtained for his residence. Rondeau later that evening turned himself in to authorities at his Lakeside residence.
Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said, although the exact nature of the conflict is uncertain, there was conflict between Rondeau's family and Bendel over a property dispute involving Rondeau's grandparents.