A woman who faces a felony charge alleging she conspired with her boyfriend to shoot a man entered guilty pleas Thursday to two prior drug cases.
Stephanie Allison VanCleave, 45, charged with conspiring to commit first-degree assault in the March shooting of Matthew Stephen Atkinson, admitted in Jackson County Circuit Court to felony charges of possessing methamphetamine and supplying contraband.
During the hearing, a woman who identified herself as Atkinson's mother interjected, "She's not getting out, is she?"
Circuit Judge David Hoppe told the woman that VanCleave was pleading guilty only to the two drug charges and would remain in jail on the conspiracy charge as well as a misdemeanor charge of tampering with evidence.
John Robert Hermann, 32, described by Medford police as VanCleave's boyfriend, is accused of shooting Atkinson at about 3 a.m. March 25 in a dispute over money.
Outside the courtroom, the victim's mother, who didn't give her name, said she drove Atkinson to the hospital after he was shot. She claimed her son nearly died and has been a "nervous wreck" ever since.
"I did like 90 miles per hour," she said. "He said he was going numb."
The bullet struck Atkinson in the upper leg near the pelvis and traveled through his body, she said. Atkinson is out of the hospital, but his mother has been tending to him. The exit wound is infected, she said, and he had a follow-up appointment Thursday afternoon.
The woman claimed that on the night of the shooting, VanCleave and Hermann came to her home allegedly to target a friend of Atkinson's.
"My son took a bullet for someone else," she said.
The friend, Joshua Dean Lines, faces charges for allegedly burglarizing her home while Atkinson was in surgery. Lines rode with Atkinson to the emergency room, but a surveillance camera in the house allegedly caught him burglarizing the house while Atkinson was in the hospital. A TV and PlayStation console were stolen, police said.
"I don't think he was much of a friend," the mother said.
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