Teen gets prison in Medford home invasion robbery
A teen will serve more than five and a half years in prison after admitting to his role in a Medford home invasion robbery.
Alejandro Medina-Mello, 18, was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to a mandatory minimum 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections after admitting to felony robbery and burglary charges. All five suspects, who were ages 17 to 20 at the time of the crime, have now pleaded guilty.
At about 1 a.m. Jan. 27, Medina-Mello and four others rushed into an apartment in the 1100 block of Morrow Road, where a teen they believed to be dealing drugs lived, according to testimony in another defendant's case. Three victims were inside during the robbery: the male teen they targeted, his mother and a 12-year-old sibling.
At the sentencing hearing Wednesday, Medina-Mello and his court-appointed lawyer said little, and no victims appeared. Medina-Mello's court-appointed defense lawyer Michael Kellington called the resolution "a very sad ending to a very sad case."
Medina-Mello pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree robbery and a single count of first-degree burglary Friday following a settlement conference, a hearing mandatory since April in Jackson County Circuit Court for all defendants facing Measure 11 crimes — which include robbery in the second degree.
Anthony Michael Moreno, Alfonso Alejandro Kesler, Christian Lamar Brice, Jabriel Aaquann Fleming and Medina-Mello reportedly intended to steal cocaine and the prescription anxiety medication Xanax from the teen they knew in the premeditated attack, according to testimony in Kesler's case. The young men didn't find any drugs in the residence, however, and instead took a PlayStation console, an iPhone, a baseball bat and shoes.
A break in the case came during an unrelated traffic stop involving one of the robbers, according to previous reports. Police were able to review body camera footage from the stop and compared footage from inside the car to property reported stolen.
Court records show that Moreno, who was 18 at the time of the robbery, was sentenced to 78 months in prison, the steepest sentence of the five. Moreno reportedly carried a fake gun that resembled a handgun, which he used to strike the mother in the face, giving her black eyes.
Brice, 18, pleaded guilty to the robbery in March and will be sentenced June 5. Fleming, 20, pleaded guilty in April and will be sentenced June 26.
Kesler, who was 17 at the time of the robbery, was sentenced in May to 60 months in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.
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