Grand jury hands down hate crime indictment

Two brothers were indicted on hate crime charges today for allegedly inciting a fight with two black teenagers that stopped traffic on Riverside Avenue in downtown Medford last week.

A Jackson County grand jury handed down intimidation and attempted third-degree assault charges against Shaun Patrick Temple, 21, of the 8000 block of Harlan Drive, White City, and Kevin Kaleb Temple, 24, of the 1100 block of Niantic Street, Medford, after hearing witness testimony, according to Jackson County deputy district attorney David Orr.

"Neither of them are looking at serving prison time," Orr added. "The most they could get for the intimidation charges is 30 days in jail, with 30 days probation added on."

Intimidation charges apply when victims of crimes are targeted because of race, color, religion, country of origin or sexual orientation.

The brothers could have faced a longer sentence if they had four previous felony convictions or a conviction for a "person" crime such as assault, robbery or rape, Orr said.

In addition, Kevin Temple faces a charge of resisting arrest for allegedly fighting with Medford police who arrested him.

Witnesses at the scene told police that two black youths, Dionte Cooper, 19, of Sun City, Calif., and Mike Monsoor, 17, of Murrieta, Calif., were walking north on the west side of Riverside Avenue with two young, white women when the Temples, who are white, drove by in a van and shouted racial slurs, then stopped to physically confront them.

Orr said hate crimes have been rare in Jackson County.

"I've been with the district attorney's office for four years, and have seven years prosecution experience before that, and this is the second intimidation charge I've dealt with," he said.

— Chris Conrad

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