Man gets 60 days for firing a shotgun at his brother

A man who blasted a round from a 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun through a trailer window at his older brother was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail.

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 shooting and will get credit for time served, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree assault and possession of a prohibited firearm before Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Adam Peterson.

Joshua Chrisco will be on supervised probation for six years, during which time he may not consume intoxicants and could be barred by his probation officer from contacting his brother. The shotgun was confiscated. He was ordered to pay $200 for each of the felony charges.

"You are an extremely lucky individual," Peterson told Chrisco before handing down his sentence. "It is not hard for me to imagine that with just a little bit of an inch one way or another, or a little bit different circumstances, you'd be sitting there in regards to a charge of murder or manslaughter as opposed to what you're looking at."

The shooting occurred at about 9:30 p.m. 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.

The state has 90 days to file a claim for restitution, which could be "quite a bit," Caplan said, considering the hospital visit.

"It was a shotgun blast, and it was through a window, and so there was bits of shot kind of throughout his upper body and neck area," Caplan said of Michael Chrisco's injuries.

"I think Mr. Chrisco understands this could have turned out a lot worse. ... They were drinking ... they live out in the country," Caplan said, adding that his client's behavior was fueled by a "high-level of intoxication."

Joshua Chrisco also was sentenced Wednesday for resisting arrest during a 2011 incident in which a police dog bit him in the arm after he refused to answer the door to police. Peterson sentenced Chrisco to 11 months' bench probation and fined him $100.

Aside from this pair of incidents, Chirsco has no other criminal history in Oregon, court records show.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTwriter_swhlr.


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