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Mahar sentenced to jail in assault case

Louis Frederick Mahar II, 40, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail after pleading no contest in an assault case in which a television producer suffered a fractured vertebrae, shoulder and torn rotator cuff.

Mahar, co-owner of a large Medford construction company, is due to report to the Jackson County Jail on Jan. 3.

However, like others sentenced to jail, he could apply to serve home detention, said Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Alyssa Claseman.

The case stemmed from a June 7 incident at a nursing students' graduation party at Agate Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Point.

Mahar allegedly touched the breast of Anna Bishop against her will and later attacked her husband, NBC Dateline Producer Shane Bishop, during a confrontation.

Mahar pleaded no contest to a charge of harassment involving offensive physical contact against Anna Bishop. A second charge of harassment alleging he touched her breast was dismissed in a plea agreement.

He also pleaded no contest to misdemeanor-level fourth degree assault against Shane Bishop.

With a no contest plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes prosecutors could likely prove their case at trial. A no-contest plea exposes a defendant to the same legal sanctions as a guilty plea.

Mahar read a statement in court apologizing to Shane Bishop for the injuries Shane Bishop incurred. Mahar said he had never injured anyone before, and asked Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia for leniency on a recommended jail sentence of 30 days. Mejia stuck with the recommendation.

Mahar was also sentenced to two years of probation in which he can consume no intoxicants and have no contact with the Bishops. He must pay restitution, with the amount still to be determined.

Carl Caplan, Mahar's defense attorney, said Mahar had no criminal history and deeply regrets the incident. Caplan said alcohol was a factor in the incident and Mahar feels bad about the injuries Shane Bishop suffered.

Caplan said the restitution would be substantial.

Shane Bishop estimated the restitution could be in the tens of thousands of dollars. He said he suffered a fractured vertebra in his lower back, a fractured shoulder and a torn rotator cuff — for which he will have to undergo surgery.

"My wife and I would like to thank the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for their commitment to pursuing the truth in this case and we're glad this is finally over," Shane Bishop said after the court hearing.

Shane Bishop declined to comment on whether he would file a civil lawsuit against Mahar. He also had no comment on the sentence Mahar received.

Upon exiting the courtroom, Mahar and Caplan said they had no further comment about the case.

Updated: The final restitution figure is $7,849.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.