A 20-year-old Medford man is in line for a more than four-year prison term if he testifies against his alleged accomplices in a January home invasion in Medford in which they were after illegal drugs, authorities said.
Jabriel Aaquann Fleming pleaded guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to one count of first-degree robbery and three counts of second-degree robbery, making him the second of five defendants to get plea deals in exchange for testimony against co-defendants in the case.
The robbery charge is a Class B felony that normally carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 70 months in prison under Oregon sentencing law. However, Fleming's plea agreement discussed in court includes a recommended sentence of 50 months in prison and three years' probation after attorneys in the case agreed that Fleming qualifies for deviation from the mandatory minimum under the law's so-called "safety valve" rule.
The five are accused of forcing their way into a house on the 1100 block of Morrow Road early Jan. 23 in search of illegal drugs supposedly in possession by a 17-year-old resident, Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz said in court. A woman in the house was assaulted.
Police said at the time that at least one of the robbers was armed with a handgun and that the gun and a baseball bat were used to threaten three victims.
Christian Lamar Brice, 18, pleaded guilty March 20 to the same charges and remains in jail awaiting a June 5 sentencing, court records show. Anthony Moreno, 18, is scheduled to change his plea in court Tuesday, and he remains jailed on $125,000 bail.
Fleming's plea includes his willingness to testify against the final two defendants in the case, both of whom face June trials.
Alejandro Medina-Mello, 18, appeared in court Monday and is next due in court May 12, records show. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail.
Alfonso Kesler, who was 17 at the time of the crime, is being prosecuted as an adult and also awaits a May 12 court date. He remains free on bail, records show.
Fleming's sentencing is set for June 26, after the scheduled trials, court records show. A charge of third-degree assault against Fleming was also dropped as part of the plea.
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