http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/04/clatsop_county_jury_convicts_portland_man_on_drunk_driving_manslaughter_charges.html Clatsop County jury convicts Portland man on drunk driving, manslaughter charges. A 45-year-old Southeast Portland man was found guilty of manslaughter, drunken driving and other charges by a Clatsop County jury Thursday for the May 2010 traffic death of a Rainier motorcyclist. The Clatsop County District Attorneys Office said Kenneth E. Middleton was behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 pickup May 30 on U.S. 30 in Astoria when he crossed the center line on a blind curve. He crashed into motorcyclist Andrew Church, 35, of Rainier. Church was thrown into a field and died. Middletons 13-year-old daughter was in the pickup but suffered only minor injuries. In addition to the first degree manslaughter conviction (a Measure 11 offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison), Middleton was convicted of second-degree assault, three counts of recklessly endangering, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants. The jurys decision was unanimous. View full sizeOregon State Police Kenneth Middleton Middleton remains in the Clatsop County Jail where he is being held without bail. "Everyone involved in this case, including all of the police agencies, concerned citizens at the scene, and the jury, did an excellent job to ensure that a drunk driver gets what he deserves which is a very long prison sentence in order to protect society," said Clatsop County Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown. Brown said Middleton had not seen his daughter for five months when he picked her up in Portland for the day. He drove to the coast, visited a relative in Seaside, "drinking beers in the truck and throwing the cans out the window, all in front of his daughter," Brown said. As the two left Astoria around 6 p.m., Brown said, Middleton, driving east on the higway, passed several cars despite double-yellow lines on the two-lane, winding blacktop. At the time of the crash the truck was traveling at 76 mph. Middleton's blood alcohol content was 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08. Brown said it took months for his daughter to recover from the injury caused by the seat belt. Middleton will be sentenced Tuesday in Clatsop County Circuit Court, and Brown said in addition to the 10 year sentence he faces for the manslaughter conviction, he will ask the judge to sentence him to another 70 months on the assault convictions.