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Man sentenced for role in Medford murder

A Washington man was sentenced today to two years in prison for his role in a downtown Medford murder.

However, Ruben Escareno Marmolejo, 31, is slated to be released because he has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since December 2015 while awaiting the outcome of the case. He received credit for time served and also had months shaved off because of good behavior calculations.

"He's basically served his sentence," said defense lawyer Larry Roloff.

Marmolejo pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution. Other charges against him were dropped.

Last week, Marmolejo testified during the trial of his acquaintance Shane Anthony Zornes. A jury found Zornes, 28, guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life in prison.

Zornes, nicknamed Scarface, intervened during an argument among his acquaintances during the early-morning hours of Dec. 13, 2015, after a night of drinking and cocaine use. Zornes pulled a gun from his waistband and shot 27-year-old Isaac Deleon.

One witness to the crime said Marmolejo directed Zornes to shoot Deleon, said Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz.

Marmolejo was originally charged with murder, criminal conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder, according to an early indictment.

However, an intensive investigation turned up no evidence to support the single witness's claim that Marmolejo had told Zornes to kill Deleon, Markiewicz said.

In addition, Zornes said no one had told him what to do, Markiewicz said.

Markiewicz said Marmolejo was later charged with hindering prosecution for being uncooperative with investigators at first.

"He led officers on a wild goose chase at the beginning of the case," Markiewicz said.

— Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/vickiealdous.

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