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Alleged shooter in Medford pot robbery jailed

An Ohio man who allegedly shot an east Medford resident so he could get marijuana to sell on the East Coast is in Jackson County Jail after a nationwide search led authorities to Maryland.

Terrell Tareeq Stembridge, 25, of Akron, Ohio, faces attempted murder, assault and robbery charges for his alleged role in a November robbery on South Foothill Road that forced a local man to drive himself to the hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to Medford police.

On the night of Nov. 8, Stembridge allegedly shot William Lewis McComas, 25, three times with a .40-caliber handgun during a marijuana transaction at McComas' South Foothill Road home, according to Medford Deputy Chief Brett Johnson, who said the amount of marijuana was less than 5 pounds.

"Back East it’s worth a lot of money and obviously worth engaging in violence for," Johnson said.

During a struggle, McComas fired back twice with a .45-caliber handgun but neither shot hit Stembridge, according to police. He drove himself to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries.

A grand jury indicted Stembridge Nov. 14 on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, and the Jackson County District Attorney's office put out a nationwide warrant for his arrest.

On Dec. 12, a U.S. Marshal's fugitive task force tracked Stembridge to Baltimore and arrested him. After a months-long extradition, he was booked in the Jackson County Jail Thursday.

Oregon's Measure 11 law carries mandatory-minimum sentences of 90 months for attempted murder, 90 months for first-degree assault, 70 months for second-degree assault and 90 months for first-degree robbery.

At an initial court appearance Friday afternoon, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack ordered no early release for Stembridge unless he posts the required 10 percent of his $1.5 million bail. Should he post bail, he will be required to undergo intensive conditions such as weekly check-ins and won't be allowed to travel outside of Oregon.

Stembridge's next court appearance is set for Feb. 20.

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

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