Jury finds man guilty in Grants Pass shootings
A Grants Pass man faces years in prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted murder in a shooting outside a dental office in which a round nearly struck a patient getting her teeth cleaned.
Joshua Randall Ashley, 26, was found guilty Friday in of multiple felony charges that surround a pair of drive-by shootings in the summer of last year, according to Josephine County Circuit Court records and a release issued by the Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety. One of the shootings targeted a church during worship services and another targeted a dental clinic.
After a four-day trial involving more than 175 exhibits, a 12-person jury found Ashley guilty of attempted first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm in the July 21 shooting outside Parkway Christian Center in the 200 block of Beacon Drive, and attempted murder and a separate weapon use charge in shooting three days later at a dental clinic in the 1800 block of Northwest Hawthorne Avenue.
No one was injured in the July 21 shooting, according to anearlier news report, but a patient sustained minor injuries in the July 24 shooting after she was grazed by a bullet while getting her teeth cleaned.
The July 21 shooting occurred while a church service was in session. One bullet passed through a second-floor window in the church lobby and another bullet struck a tree.
Police arrested Ashley within 36 hours of the second shooting, but they had no leads at first, according to the release and an earlier news report. It took the efforts of patrol officers, detectives, administrative staff to track down the 2000 Honda CR-V captured on surveillance video to Ashley, and a Special Weapons and Tactics team to arrest Ashley at his Grants Pass home around 2 a.m. July 26.
Ashley has not yet been sentenced on the charges, but the crime of attempted murder carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 7 years and 6 months under Oregon’s Measure 11 law. As of Saturday afternoon, court records showed a sentencing hearing was pending but not been scheduled.
He remains held in the Josephine County Jail, records show.