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Man sentenced to 18 months for August shooting

A Medford man who shot a man staying at his west Medford property has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Christopher Michael Sheets, 28, on Friday pleaded guilty to third-degree assault before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Gerking.

He was sentenced to longer than is typical for a third-degree assault because of how seriously the man he shot was injured, records indicate. He must pay restitution to cover medical expenses — expected to exceed $20,000 — for the man he shot.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 1500 block of Prune Street in Medford at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22.

They found Joshua Lee Sandusky, 33, of Medford, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the Woodland Heights Market near the intersection of Prune Street and South Columbus Avenue in Medford.

Sandusky was lying on the ground bleeding. He was treated at Providence Medical Center, then discharged, but had to return for a later surgery, prosecutors said.

Sandusky had been staying in Sheets' garage. The shooting happened in Sheets' yard.

Multiple neighbors said they heard gunshots in the area and saw Sheets running east along Prune Street toward South Columbus Avenue. Some neighbors also said they heard and saw Sandusky screaming before he fell near the mini mart parking lot after running into South Columbus Avenue.

The morning after the shooting, Sheets turned himself in to officers near the intersection of West Main Street and Perrydale Avenue. A handgun suspected to be the shooting weapon also was recovered.

Gerking noted that Sheets had come forward voluntarily and cooperated with police. However, the judge noted that the case showed the danger of having a loaded handgun.

In court, Sheets apologized to Sandusky, who wasn't present; his family, his neighborhood and his community. His attorney Justin Rosas said Sandusky was aware of Sheets' plea and agreed with the sentence, taking partial responsibility for the altercation that led to the shooting.

Sheets will get credit for the time served since his August arrest.

— Sanne Specht