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Shooter gets up to 30 years for killing

A “dangerous” 26-year-old Medford man convicted of first-degree manslaughter faces up to 30 years in prison for shooting a Medford resident in the head in 2018.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Greif found Friday that Cody Templeton’s drug-abuse disorder makes him a dangerous offender under Oregon law.

Greif imposed a 10-year sentence on Templeton for manslaughter, but because he was deemed a dangerous offender he could remain in prison for up to 30 years, subject to reviews by the Oregon Board of Parole.

When he gets released from prison, Templeton will face three years of post-prison supervision.

Templeton killed Thomas Peterson with a single gunshot wound to the left side of his head.

Greif heard statements from members of the victim’s family before the sentencing.

The verdict in the case was rendered Nov. 13, at the conclusion of a bench trial that began Nov. 10. Greif found Templeton not guilty of murder but ruled he was guilty of first-degree manslaughter.

The case against Templeton was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Benjamin Lull and Deputy District Attorney Melissa LeRitz.

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