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Woman gets pen time for burglaries

A Medford woman was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Thursday for her part in a robbery attempt in a Plum Street home in March.

Amanda Marie Rauls, 28, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and resisting arrest in Jackson County Circuit Court. She originally faced more serious charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and other counts, but they were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Defense attorney Justin Rosas said Rauls has accepted responsibility for her actions and hopes to get her life back together.

"She very much wants to enter drug and alcohol treatment while in prison," Rosas said.

The 57-month sentence she received Thursday will be significantly reduced if Rauls successfully completes various drug and alcohol programs at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution in Wilsonville.

Rauls was part of a group of suspects who entered a Plum Street home on March 28 and threatened two men inside.

Medford police said the group entered the home through an unlocked back door, punched one of the men in the head several times and held a knife to his throat.

The man suffered a cut on this throat and was treated on the scene by paramedics who arrived after the suspects fled.

The suspect stole a cellphone from one of the victims, police reported. Investigators believe the dispute was over marijuana that was allegedly stolen.

Rosas said Rauls participated in the crime, but she was not the one handling the knife. Unlike some of the other suspects, she did not wear a mask.

"Even though she did not have a knife she knows it was not a good decision to be there when this happened," Rosas said.

Rauls has an 11-year-old son who she has seen regularly while in jail. Rosas said she hopes her boy will be able to visit her while she serves her prison term.

"She wants nothing more than to refocus on being a good mother," he said.

Had she been convicted of the original charges, she could have spent at least 71/2 years in prison without the possibility of early release.

Rauls also will have to pay restitution and will spend three years under post-prison supervision.

The additional suspects in the case are awaiting trail.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or cconrad@mailtribune.com. Receive daily Southern Oregon crime updates at www.twitter.com/mtcrimebeat