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  • California man pleads no contest to Medford robbery

  • A California man who hopped the counter of a Medford Stop & Shop, pointed a gun at the clerk and made off with cash back in March pleaded no contest to a second-degree robbery charge.
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  • A California man who hopped the counter of a Medford Stop & Shop, pointed a gun at the clerk and made off with cash back in March pleaded no contest to a second-degree robbery charge.
    Demario Aundre Jackson, 24, of Stockton, Calf., changed his plea in Jackson County Circuit Court today, just before a trial on the case was set to start. He was sentenced to 70 months in state prison, followed by three years of post-prison supervision, according to Jackson County deputy district attorney Jeremy Markiewicz.
    Jackson and an unidentified man walked into the Stop & Shop, 2751 N. Pacific Highway, at about 3 p.m. March 16. The men had visited the store about three hours before the robbery to buy some cigars.
    Both men hopped over the counter where the sole clerk stood. Jackson pointed a gun at her, and both men grabbed money from the register. No one was injured. Neither wore masks during their crime.
    Four days prior, the men had stolen a white 1987 Toyota Camry from a Stockton Winco parking lot. Photos from the Stop & Shop's security cameras and witness tips helped identify that stolen vehicle near Hawthorne Park.
    On March 20, a Jackson County grand jury indicted Jackson on first- and second-degree robbery charges. The stolen getaway car was found abandoned March 24 in Stockton. A San Joaquin County fugitive task force arrested Jackson two days later in Oakland, Calif.
    Markiewicz said investigators recovered one of Jackson's fingerprints from the scene. He said the threatened clerk was also able to pick Jackson out of a lineup.
    The second robbery suspect remains at large. He is described as a black male between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet in height. He wore a red and black Miami Heat hat during the robbery, along with a red-and-black striped sweater and baggy jeans. Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts should contact Medford police at 541-770-4783.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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