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Man who stole racing motorcycle gets prison

A Talent man will serve 3½ years in prison after he admitted to more than a dozen crimes that included taking a Brammo racing motorcycle worth a quarter-million dollars and damaging the one-of-a-kind bike.

Michael Joseph Manring, 29, was sentenced to 42 months in prison after he pleaded guilty Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court to theft, aggravated theft and burglary in 12 separate cases that occurred between January 2015 and May 2016. 

Manring admitted he stole a Brammo Empulse RR racing motorcycle July 17, 2015. He took his roommate's bicycle to the electric motorcycle company's headquarters, climbed a fence after hours and found the rare motorcycle. He caused an estimated $25,481.10 in damages after he crashed the bike into a wall, according to Deputy District Attorney Alyssa Claseman. 

Circuit Judge Kelly Ravassipour sought to show Manring the harm he'd caused by his wide-ranging crimes, which also included burglarizing a Central Point School District 6 maintenance facility, the theft of marijuana plants and attempting to shoplift hundreds of dollars in jeans from Grange Co-op.

"You've been a one-man criminal spree in Jackson County," Ravassipour said.

Wearing a gray and white jail uniform, Manring at times showed difficulty focusing at his court hearing, more than once answering Ravassipour's questions with "Yeah" or nodding his head.

Manring's court-appointed defense attorney, Donald Scales, said his client was athletic in high school and a good student before he developed a "serious heroin problem."

"He's just a poster child for how heroin can destroy your life," Scales said.

Manring showed emotion partway through the hearing, when he pleaded guilty to aggravated theft for stealing the motorcycle. Ravassipour was unmoved.

"It's overwhelming to the victims," Ravassipour said.

Ravassipour urged him to think about the bridges he'd burned by his addiction, noting that no family or friends appeared at the hearing. 

"What's sad is there's no one here in the courtroom to support you," Ravassipour said.

Manring admitted he dropped a 2-month-old child whose mother was buying heroin from him in January, causing the child to suffer a skull fracture because Manring fell backwards while holding the child. The child's mother has since been admitted into drug court. Manring pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of reckless endangering and fourth-degree assault in the case, and Ravassipour ordered him to pay the child's medical bills as part of his court-ordered restitution. Ravassipour said parents bringing their children with them to drug deals is something she finds "really disturbing."

He also admitted he damaged a fence and stealing two marijuana plants in October. He was ordered to pay restitution estimated at $1,500. 

Manring's most recent crime was May 5, stealing nearly $500 worth of ladies Miss Me jeans. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree theft.

At Scales' request, Ravassipour approved treatment and alternative incarceration programs, which will be authorized by the Oregon Department of Corrections. She encouraged Manring to look at prison as a "fresh start."

"You've got a lot of work to do," Ravassipour said.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Michael Joseph Manring