'A nasty little lesson'
The driver in a Medford drive-by shooting was sentenced Thursday to almost six years in prison for his role in the crime.
Jared Scott Carvalho, 20, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree assault for the July 2015 shooting in which Geno Malique King, 20, fired four rounds at a group of people standing in an apartment complex parking lot at 402 S. Columbus Ave. One of the shots hit an 18-year-old woman in the pelvic region but did not strike any of her major organs.
Attempted murder charges were dropped against Carvalho, who agreed to testify against the shooter.
King, who was trying to target members of a rival gang, pleaded guilty in August and was sentenced to eight years in prison. After the shooting, he fled Oregon but was captured by an Ohio fugitive apprehension strike team.
Carvalho, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.
Defense attorney Christine Herbert claimed Carvalho didn't know King had a gun and that Carvalho was following King's directions about where to drive.
"This is a really sad day for his family. It was horrible for the victim," Herbert said. "He understands his part in all this."
Herbert said Carvalho has been cooperative with investigators, and has kept in contact with her during the time he has been out of jail awaiting the outcome of his case.
"I recognize the community's response to drive-by shootings is that they are not tolerated," Herbert said.
Medford has been hit by a spate of drive-by shootings in 2015 and this year, resulting in multiple arrests, convictions and prison sentences for young male defendants.
Jackson County Circuit Judge Patricia Crain told Carvalho he still will be young when he gets out of prison. She urged him to approach prison with a positive attitude and to learn from his experience.
"It sounds like you learned a nasty little lesson," Crain said. "Make this the last time you see the inside of a jail."
At the conclusion of his court appearance, Carvalho stepped forward and was led away by Jackson County sheriff's jail officers to begin the process of being sent away to a state prison.
His family members filed out of the courtroom in tears.