Man halts trial in Medford shooting, pleads guilty

A Grants Pass pleaded guilty this morning to the attempted murder of a Medford man.

Charles Alexander White II halted his jury trial in Jackson County Circuit Court after a single day of grisly testimony and accepted an offer from the Jackson Count District Attorney's office that will place him behind bars for more than seven years.

White, 29, offered his guilty plea in Judge Lorenzo Mejia's courtroom to a single count each of attempted murder and delivery and possession of a controlled substance. Charges of first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a weapon were dropped.

The judge thanked jury members for their service before handing down White's 90-month sentence for the Measure 11 crime, with 19 additional months for the drug charges. The 19 extra months will be served concurrently, said Eric Dames, a Jackson County district attorney.

White admitted shooting Timothy James Sheeler, 29, at least five times — with three of the shots fired after the victim hit the ground near the corner of 12th and Grape streets just before 6 p.m. on March 10, he said.

Children were playing in the west Medford neighborhood as White sent bullets flying, said Medford police Det. Bill Ford.

Sheeler suffered gunshot wounds to his shoulder, lost the tips of two of his fingers and suffered serious damage to his intestines.

White's attorney, Christopher Missiaen, had no comment on why his client decided to plead guilty in a case Missiaen had described to jurors on Monday as circumstantial.

— Sanne Specht

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