A Medford woman on Thursday was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court to 30 days in jail and fined almost $38,000 for blinding a Grants Pass man with a shattered beer bottle.

A Medford woman on Thursday was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court to 30 days in jail and fined almost $38,000 for blinding a Grants Pass man with a shattered beer bottle.

Megan Terese Whitehead, 23, first broke the beer bottle over Anthony Thayer's head, then stabbed him in the face with the broken glass after Thayer, 21, attempted to break up a fight between Whitehead's boyfriend and two other men on Jan. 6.

"There is no way you will ever be able to repay the damage you have done," said Judge Ray White.

Whitehead, due to deliver a child in November, was facing first-degree and second-degree assault charges. But White found Whitehead guilty of third-degree assault in an Aug. 28 bench trial, said Deputy District Attorney Karen Loomis.

Thayer is blind in one eye, has endured the pain of six surgeries and is scheduled for another in just weeks, said his mother, Conny Thayer.

"He was doing the right thing. He was trying to break up a fight. She bit him on the back, broke a bottle on his head and then took the broken pieces and ground it into his face," she said.

Medford police determined three people were hosting a party that mixed adults, minors and alcohol. A disagreement erupted between one of the hosts and an uninvited man, and a fight ensued.

The victim intervened to help the host and another guest. Whitehead's boyfriend, Hunter Chase Albright, 23, joined the fight. When Thayer managed to pull Albright off the host, Whitehead attacked him, police said.

Police later arrested Albright and Whitehead at their Mace Road home. Albright was charged with parole violation and possession of ecstasy, which officers found when he was taken into custody.

Prior to Thursday's sentencing, White overruled Loomis' request he change Whitehead's third-degree assault conviction to second-degree assault, which would have carried a Measure 11 mandatory sentence of nearly six years in prison.

"I felt it was an assault in the first degree," Loomis said after the sentencing.

The affidavit filed in Thayer's case shows Whitehead's intent to commit serious harm, Loomis argued. (See correction note below.)

White said he didn't understand "why this would ever cross (Whitehead's) mind." But he didn't believe Whitehead intended to cause the extensive injuries she did, he said.

"I think this was an act that was done without thought," said White.

Whitehead will serve the victim better by paying off the restitution fees, he said.

"This is a judgment that is going to stay with you," White said.

White also ordered Whitehead to avoid all contact with Thayer and to serve three years' supervised probation.

In a written statement read by the victim's mother, Anthony Thayer expressed outrage at the verdict.

"The career I had chosen for myself is over. My appearance will forever be disfiguring (sic) and I will forever be blind. ... And I will live each day of my life with the constant reminder of the injustice that I was given in your court."

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.

Correction: The original version of this story made reference to another assault conviction tied to the party. That conviction was actually unrelated, and so mention of it has been removed from this story.