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Man sentenced to prison for attempted murder

Other charges dropped against defendant who attacked former fiance in 2018

A Medford man was sentenced to seven-plus years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to murder his former fiance in June 2018.

Ryan Daniel Conner, 41, was sentenced to 90 months in state prison, which may include credit for time served, and five years of post-prison supervision.

A trial had been scheduled to begin next week in Jackson County Circuit Court. Conner was sentenced by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Ravassipour.

Conner admitted he entered the Medford home of Amanda Valencia while the woman was sleeping. Dressed in black and wearing a pair of gloves and night-vision goggles, Conner brought a mallet and a stun gun.

Valencia, a former Mail Tribune and Ashland Tidings staff member, said Conner used both weapons on her during a 15-minute attack and then tried to strangle her. Valencia was able to break away and get outside of her home. A neighbor provided assistance and called 911.

Valencia suffered numerous injuries that required medical treatment, including having her ear partially detached, a knee sprain as well as an array of cuts, gashes and bruises.

Conner was arrested a few hours later after a standoff with police, according to earlier reports.

Conner was supposed to have been with their toddler that evening but left the child at home while he went after the child’s mother. The couple had broken up about a year earlier.

The judgment calls for restitution to the victim as part of the post-prison sentence but assigns no value to it.

Normally victims of domestic violence aren’t identified in reporting, but Valencia consented to being named and was interviewed after the incident. She now goes by a different name and no longer lives in the region.