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Woman sentenced for driving drunk, pointing pellet gun at cops

A Jacksonville woman who led Jackson County sheriff’s deputies on a short vehicle chase while intoxicated, then later pointed a pellet rifle at them while inside her home, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 18 months of probation this week, according to a news release from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Shayna Joy Stanford, 20, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 20 of attempting to elude, driving under the influence of intoxicants, menacing and resisting arrest, the release said.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge David Hoppe sentenced her Nov. 27. She must report to jail by Dec. 19, according to the district attorney’s office.

Stanford’s police incident began at 3:35 a.m. Jan. 7 on Highway 238 near Humbug Creek Road when a sheriff’s deputy watched her 2000 Cadillac Escalade swerve out of its lane. The deputy believed Stanford, then 19, was driving under the influence and tried to pull the vehicle over, but the Escalade sped away. Deputies gave chase and pulled up to Stanford’s home on Humbug Creek Road shortly after she parked the Escalade and ran inside.

Deputies said they saw Stanford pacing back and forth inside the home, and one deputy saw her grab “what appeared to be an assault rifle from behind a wall and point it at both deputies.”

After a short period of negotiation, Stanford surrendered without incident. The gun was later found to be a pellet gun that looked like a SKS semi-automatic rifle.

The jury in Stanford’s case wrote a note to Judge Hoppe asking him to “please praise cops for not shooting her. From every juror.”

Stanford had no prior criminal history in Oregon, court records show.