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Men get prison for 'curb stomp' attack

A brutal Central Point "curb stomp" attack that will send two men to prison is believed to be tied to a major heroin dealer and Oregon motorcycle gang, prosecutors say.

Two men were sentenced to prison for their roles in a violent April attack outside the Super 8 Hotel on Biddle Road in Central Point. The attack on Seth Crowe, who was 25 at the time, was retribution for yelling at alleged drug dealer Terri Lee "Mama T" Huffman, according to Deputy District Attorney David Orr.

Dustin Michael Sesock, 35, was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court to almost six years in prison, and Derek Miguel Euel Withrow, 25, was sentenced to less than three years for the attack.  

Sesock admitted Tuesday he stomped on the back of Crowe's head the night of April 28 while he and Withrow worked as debt collectors and enforcers for Huffman, who was allegedly dealing drugs inside the hotel, according to court documents. During Sesock's hearing, Orr said Huffman has ties to the Gypsy Joker motorcycle gang, and that Withrow will testify against Huffman in exchange for his reduced sentence.

Crowe was unconscious for nearly an hour after the attack before hotel staff found him, Orr said. He suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain damage, and isn't yet able to talk, although Crowe has said the words "Mama T," Orr said.

Crowe was flown to Oregon Health & Science University to treat fractures and brain swelling, and doctors said he will suffer permanent damage. He has since been transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene for physical therapy. Crowe did not attend Sesock's or Withrow's hearings.

"I'm speechless," Sesock said in court after Orr listed the severity of Crowe's injuries. "I didn't mean to permanently hurt the guy."

Although surveillance footage didn't capture the attack, it did show Sesock and Withrow moving Crowe's unconscious body, Orr said Tuesday. The footage also showed Huffman talking to all parties involved, as well as Huffman kicking Crowe as he lay unconscious, court documents say.

Huffman forbade all involved from calling 911 after the attack, court documents say. Withrow and other witnesses allegedly told investigators they were scared of Huffman's ties to the motorcycle gang and area dealers. Huffman told investigators she didn't call 911 because she was in shock, was scared she would get in trouble or that someone would hurt her, court documents say.

Sesock was sentenced to 70 months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to a felony charge of second-degree assault.

Withrow was sentenced to 30 months in prison after admitting to a felony charge of third-degree assault, along with charges of heroin possession and harassment in an unrelated case in which he harassed an employee at the Central Point Dollar Tree store April 30.

Huffman pleaded not guilty July 6 to felony charges of first-degree robbery, and first- and second-degree assault in the stomping case. Her trial is scheduled for Aug. 9, court records show. She also faces felony charges of distributing and possessing heroin and possessing methamphetamine, for which a hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16. She remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $520,000 bail.

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

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Derek Miguel Euel Withrow
Terri Lee Huffman