Jail sentence handed down for man who fired shotgun at brother

Joshua Ryan Chrisco

A man who blasted a round from a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun through a trailer window at brother was sentenced to 60 days in jail in Jackson County Circuit Court today.

Joshua Ryan Chrisco, 32, of Trail, was engaged in an alcohol-fueled argument Nov. 3 with Michael Wallen Chrisco, 36, before firing his brother's shotgun toward the trailer, peppering him with pellets.

Joshua Chrisco, who has been in jail since the night of the incident and will get credit for time served, initially pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree assault, possession of a prohibited firearm, third-degree assault and carrying a concealed weapon. (Updated: New information about the charges Chrisco faced has been added to this story.)

Today, before Circuit Court Judge J. Adam Peterson, he changed his plea on the attempted assault and possession of a prohibited firearm charges. The other two charges were dismissed. In addition to the jail time, Chrisco will be on supervised probation for six years.

The shooting occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 near the intersection of the West Branch of Elk Creek Road and Forest Road 32-1E-7.4.

Michael Chrisco was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center that night and released on Nov. 5, said Jason Caplan, Joshua Chrisco's attorney.

There were "bits of shot kind of throughout his upper body and neck area," Caplan said, of Michael Chrisco's injury.

"They were drinking ... they live out in the county," Caplan said, adding that his client's behavior was fueled by a "high-level of intoxication."

— Sam Wheeler

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