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2 get prison for looting during Almeda fire

Two men were sentenced to prison Tuesday for burglarizing homes evacuated during the Almeda fire.

Cameryn Mykal Geiger, 29, and Manuel Jarome Parks, 43, both pleaded no contest to felony charges in Jackson County Circuit Court for thefts at two manufactured homes in south Medford while the Almeda fire was active.

A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but it has the same legal consequences as a guilty plea.

On Sept. 12, Medford police found stolen property that included PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles hidden in two locations near the manufactured home park along the Bear Creek Greenway, according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s office and court documents filed by police.

Geiger was sentenced to 34 months in prison for first-degree burglary of two manufactured homes in the 3500 block of South Pacific Highway with co-defendant Jason Paul Gibbs, who pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to two counts of first-degree burglary. Gibbs has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Police reportedly found Geiger’s fingerprints in one of the burglarized homes, according to a press release issued by Deputy District Attorney Melissa LeRitz, who prosecuted the case. Geiger reportedly denied entering homes, but admitted to assisting others involved.

Court documents show that Gibbs gave police permission to search his tent, which helped police recover some of the items stolen in the burglaries, including the game consoles.

Parks was sentenced to 13 months in prison followed by three years of post-prison supervision for first degree theft.

The men will be responsible for restitution that will be determined at a later date.

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

Geiger, left, and Parks