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Gang member sentenced in drive-by shooting, drug delivery

A known Medford Norteno gang member was sentenced today to seven and a half years in prison for his involvement in a March 2013 drive-by shooting and an attempt to deliver over a quarter pound of methamphetamine in 2012.

Toby Alexander Martinez, 22, was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court on two counts of attempted murder for pulling the trigger in a drive-by shooting. Each count carries a seven-and-a-half-year sentence, but they will be served concurrently. A three-and-a-half-year sentence was handed down for delivery of methamphetamine, but it also will be served at the same time as the other sentences.

(Correction: The total time Martinez is expected to stay in prison has been updated in this story.)

No one was killed in the shooting, but one person was "slightly struck," with a .22-caliber bullet Martinez shot from a handgun, Deputy District Attorney Paul Moser said.

Moser said witnesses of the shooting reported multiple shots were fired, but police recovered only one bullet.

When Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly W. Ravassipour asked Martinez whether he wanted to address the court before being sentenced for the attempted murder charges, he said "I plan on taking this time to try and better myself, so I can come out and take care of my family and try and be a person that can function in the community better."

— Sam Wheeler

Toby Alexander Martinez