Medford man pleads guilty to menacing in racially-motivated attack

One of two Medford brothers charged in a racially motivated attack on two black teens last summer has pleaded guilty to menacing in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Shaun Patrick Temple, 22, was sentenced Monday to 20 days in jail and 11 months of supervised probation by Judge Ray White.

Deputy District Attorney David Orr said the two men shouted racial slurs and physically confronted the black teenagers on Aug. 21 after driving past them on Riverside Avenue.

"They shouted 'This is Medford, n——-! Get out of here!'" said Orr, adding the two men then attacked the teens.

Medford police arrested the Temple brothers on charges of resisting arrest, harassment, disorderly conduct, assault, menacing and intimidation after officers arrived to find a chaotic scene with people screaming and four young men fighting.

One man — later identified as Shaun Temple — ran as police arrived. His brother, Kevin Temple, fought with officers as they took him into custody and had to be restrained, police said.

Shaun Temple has had eight prior arrests, said Orr. He was charged with two counts of intimidation, one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of menacing. The assault and intimidation charges were dropped after Temple pleaded guilty to the menacing charge, Orr said.

Shaun Temple was jailed after the incident and will get credit for time served, said Orr.

The case against his older brother, Kevin Kalem Temple, 25, has not yet been resolved.

Kevin Temple has had nine prior arrests. He is charged with two counts of first-degree intimidation, two counts of fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest, Orr said.

Intimidation charges apply when victims of crimes are targeted because of race, color, religion, country of origin or sexual orientation. First-degree intimidation charges apply when two or more people join in intimidation.

There have been several trial delays in the combined cases which made it difficult to coordinate testimony from the out-of-state victims, Orr said. But the prosecutor said he had several witnesses who were willing to testify that two black teenagers, a 19-year-old from Sun City, Calif., and a 17-year-old from Murrieta, Calif., were walking north on the west side of Riverside Avenue with two young, white women when the Temples drove by in a van and shouted racial slurs. The van pulled into a parking lot at the Red Lion Hotel and the Temples ran across the street to physically confront the young men while yelling more racial slurs, Orr said.

At the time of the crimes occurred, Medford Police Lt. Tim Doney said he was pleased by the number of witnesses — drivers passing by and car salesmen from nearby lots — who came forward to give statements to the police. Witnesses pointed out Shaun Temple, who had fled the scene and later returned to the parked van, Doney said.

Shaun Temple was taken to a local hospital for stitches in a cut on his lip he sustained in the fight.

The targets of the attack were not injured, police said.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail

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