Truck Driver Gets Decades in Prison for Interstate Shootings, Motive Remains a Mystery

Jackson County, OR – A former UPS truck driver who pleaded guilty last month to a slew of charges in connection to a string of shootings last year on Interstate 5 was sentenced today.

On Tuesday, in Jackson County District Court, 49-year-old Kenneth Ayers, of Roseburg, received a 20 year prison sentence.


Last month, Ayers entered guilty pleas on 15 counts including: three counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, five counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, two counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, three counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

A grand jury indicted Ayers on a total of 34 criminal counts in December of last year.

The charges stem from a more than three-month long investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) into a series of shootings along I-5 beginning in May 2020.

OSP said its investigation into the incidents spanned three counties – Jackson, Josephine and Douglass – and culminated on August 20 with the arrest of Ayers.


He was arrested specifically in connection with an August 19 shooting on I-5 in which a female was shot while driving near milepost 37.

After apprehending Ayers, authorities also determined he was the shooter in a half dozen additional incidents in which multiple vehicles were struck including at least one big rig.

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Despite entering the guilty pleas and the extensive investigation, Ayers nor authorities have publicly stated the motive for the shootings.


That did not change today.

“Ayers declined to make a statement regarding the case or his motive for the shootings,” read a statement from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. “During today’s sentencing a number of victims addressed the court and expressed how traumatic this event was and the impact it had on their lives.”

The terms of his post-prison supervision are yet to be be determined, but the majority of the charges carry supervision terms of one to three years.

Further, a hearing on restitution for the victims will also be held at a later date.



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