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Two men plead guilty for roles in November drive-by shooting

Two California men have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a Nov. 1 drive-by shooting in Central Point, car chase and fatal crash.

Miguel Angel Carbajal, a 19-year-old who allegedly drove the Chevy Impala from which shots were fired, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder for the shooting, a first-degree manslaughter charge and charges of felony attempting to elude police in a vehicle and driving under the influence.

Francisco Javier Campos, another 19-year-old who was in the car, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

The pleas were entered today in Jackson County Circuit Court before Judge Benjamin Bloom, who said life was lost and those responsible must be punished.

At about 4 a.m. Nov. 1, Carbajal's car pulled up and someone inside fired shots at Erik Lee Dorey, 22, of Gold Hill, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Knutson, 19, of Central Point, who were in an Isuzu on Beall Lane. Dorey was struck in the jaw, but has recovered.

As Carbajal raced away with officers in pursuit, he crashed in the 8200 block of Old Stage Road. Gustavo Santiago, 16, of Central Point, was thrown from the car and died.

Known gang member and sex offender Gabriel Perez, 21, fled from the car. He was arrested in May on unrelated parole violation charges. Prosecutors said there was no evidence that he played an active role in the shooting.

Santiago's mother said she didn't want to see those responsible ever out on the street again.

Prosecutors recommended 15 years in prison for Carbajal and 12 years in prison for Campos. The court also ordered payment of $430,000 in restitution for medical costs for Dorey, who was airlifted to a Portland hospital to be treated for his injuries. Knutson suffered only minor injuries, mostly from broken glass.