HERMISTON — A Hermiston man is back in jail about five months after murder charges against him were dropped.

Tyree Houfmuse, 36, was arrested on a probation violation on Wednesday and booked in the Umatilla County Jail.

Houfmuse had spent most of 2018 in county jail, between hearings in a case where he was charged with the murder of James Cragun.

A judge dropped those charges in August and sentenced him to 25 months for unlawful possession of a weapon, but because of time already served, Houfmuse's sentence ended up being only a few months.

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