An Eagle Point man pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the March shooting death of his roommate and was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison.
Dylan Branting Ashmun, 27, also will serve three years' post-prison supervision after his sentence is up and pay close to $5,000 in fines. Additional charges of murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon were dropped.
Ashmun was originally arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing his roommate, 24-year-old Joseph Faaeteete, on the afternoon of March 28.
The shooting was initially reported as a suicide at 128 N. Buchanan Ave., Eagle Point, where police found Faaeteete dead from a gunshot wound in the home's garage. Following interviews and several conflicting statements about the incident, police arrested Ashmun as the suspected shooter.
A search of the home turned up a pound of marijuana and seven guns — a mix of rifles and pistols.
Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Ginger Greer said Ashmun and other individuals had been playing with a shotgun before the incident.
"By everyone's account, they had been racking the shotgun and dry firing it," Greer said.
At some point, someone loaded the gun, though it's not known who, and Ashmun pulled the trigger. If investigators had been able to pull Ashmun's fingerprints off the shell, he would have been charged with murder instead of manslaughter, Greer said.
"I hope the outcome will allow the family some closure," she added.
Police later named Ashmun as a suspect in a Jan. 13 home invasion robbery in Ashland. He was also found guilty of second-degree robbery Monday, resulting in a 70-month sentence and more than $170,000 in restitution. The 70-month sentence will run concurrently with the manslaughter conviction.
Police had alleged Ashmun and Medford residents Ryan Williams, 20, and Michael Tracy, 23, broke into a home in the 100 block of Alnutt Street in Ashland and stole an undisclosed amount of money and some property. The victim in the robbery was not injured.
Court records show both Williams and Tracy have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree robbery, aggravated theft, kidnapping and burglary. Tracy has a hearing scheduled for Oct. 26. Williams has a trial date scheduled for Nov. 13.
Greer said she could not comment on the specifics of the home invasion case, as it is still open.
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