Defendants in assault case that triggered the Sam Mallone shooting near Yachats, making its way through the courts
Matthew Hubeny of Yachats has been sentenced to over three years in prison for beating Sam Youngblood with a table leg in Yachats back on May 10th. The judge says Hubeny may get credit for time served in the county jail. The assault eventually triggered an Oregon State Police SWAT action at a house on 10 Mile Creek in late May that claimed the life of homeowner Sam Mullane, 18, as SWAT pursued Hubeny and others implicated in the Youngblood assault.
According to reports, Hubeny and his mother, Julie Anne Hubeny, along with Justin Wood, cornered Sam Youngblood in Yachats on May 10th and threatened him with bodily harm. Youngblood was badly beaten during the incident. Matthew Hubeny eventually pleaded guilty to assaulting Youngblood and was given 40 months behind bars.
His mother, Julie Anne Hubeny is still awaiting trial October 30th for her alleged role in the assault. Authorities say Julie Anne Hubeny menaced Youngblood with a gun – pointing it at him.
Justin Wood, Matthew Hubeny’s friend, also is charged with assaulting Youngblood – for unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, tampering with evidence, criminal mischief and theft. Wood stands trial on the charges October 8th.
Due to the brutality of the assault on Youngblood, Lincoln County authorities requested the Oregon State Police SWAT Team serve a search warrant at a home up Ten Mile Road, just across the Lane County line, where they claimed they could find Matthew Hubeny and Justin Wood. But as OSP SWAT was surveilling the area, home owner Sam Mullane came outside with a rifle, demanding to know who was out there. OSP SWAT officers say Mullane held the rifle pointing it up in the air. It was very dark.
During a loud verbal exchange with the SWAT Team, Mullane turned around, still with the gun in the air, and walked diagonally across the dirt driveway. SWAT officers say he headed for an outbuilding that they said could have given him cover in a firefight. As Mullane neared the building, still refusing to put down his gun, SWAT members say they feared for their safety and so they opened fire on him. Mullane fell to the ground and was dead within in a few minutes from a wound to his back and his leg.
Afterwards, Matthew Hubeny, was arrested inside the house. Justin Wood ran out the back door and into the dark woods. He was arrested several days later by authorities. A woman inside the house with the three was questioned and then released.
Justin Wood’s trial for his role in the May 10th beating of Sam Youngblood is set for October 8th.