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Pair sentenced for attack, kidnapping at Medford motel

Jake Compton, left, and Cera Freier

Two people were sentenced Friday to roughly six years each for a kidnapping and assault inside a room at Harvey's Motel in Medford last March.

Jake Compton, 31, and Cera Freier, 24, were sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to lesser charges as part of a plea agreement.

Compton was sentenced to 75 months in prison for first-degree assault. Freier was sentenced to 70 months for second-degree kidnapping.

Both had been held in the Jackson County Jail since their arrests in March. Each will receive credit for time served.

Compton and Freier were initially charged with second-degree attempted murder. Freier was also charged with second-degree kidnapping.

The victim, a 73-year-old man, was beaten, stabbed and held in the motel bathroom for more than 24 hours, according to an earlier news report.

Motel staff found the victim alone in a bathtub with multiple stab wounds and blunt-force injuries.

Police said he was in a state of “limited consciousness” and might have died if motel staff hadn’t contacted authorities when they did, according to previous reports.