California man sentenced in Grants Pass shooting

A 24-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for his role in the Oct. 24, 2010, shooting of a Grants Pass man at the victim's apartment.

Robert J. Mallory pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful use of a weapon in the shooting of Brian D. Jones, 42, in the 1700 block of Northeast Fairview Avenue.

Jones was shot in the shoulder when he opened his front door, according to Grants Pass police.

Jones earlier had confronted Mallory's companion, Jonathan J. Warren, 22, of Bakersfield, and asked him to be quiet because Warren had been talking loudly, police reported. Warren remains charged in the case with attempted murder. Mallory originally was arrested on the same charge.

Prosecutor Lisa Turner on Friday declined to specify who the shooter was, because Warren's case was still pending.

As part of a plea deal, Mallory must testify in a proceeding involving Warren.

Mallory also was ordered by Josephine Circuit Judge Thomas Hull to pay nearly $31,000 in compensation, some of which will go toward the victim's medical bills.

At the time of their arrest a few days after the shooting, both Mallory and Warren were parolees, and Warren at the time was facing a California charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Both men were arrested in California with the help of the Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshal's Office.

The victim and suspects in the shooting did not know one another, police said, but the suspects were known to a neighbor of the victim.

In the wake of the shooting, the neighbor's son, Kevin L. Jones, 23, of Bakersfield, Calif., was arrested on drug manufacture/delivery charges and menacing in a separate case. He later was convicted and sentenced to 20 days custody.

Kevin Jones, Mallory and Warren had all been staying at the Super 8, 1949 N.E. Seventh St., prior to the shooting, police reported.

Warren, who is being held in the Josephine County Jail on $500,000 bail, is due to enter a plea on Feb. 10.

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