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California pair get prison in drug debt attack

Two Stockton, California, residents have been sentenced to prison for their roles in robbing and attacking a Medford man over his girlfriend’s drug debts.

Marcus Allen McCreary, 30, and Aumodie Maureen Gauthier, 19, were both sentenced to the Oregon Department of Corrections last week for their roles in robbing and assaulting a man over a $3,600 heroin debt owed by his girlfriend.

In the middle of the day Feb. 2, McCreary and Gauthier stormed a man’s home in the 2400 block of West McAndrews Road looking for Amanda Torres, 32, now serving prison for delivering heroin, according to court documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court and earlier news reports.

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Brandishing a Glock .22, McCreary ordered the man to drive several places in the victim’s Dodge Journey SUV. When they couldn’t find her, they took the man’s SUV loaded with 2 pounds of marijuana and electronics. The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force found the suspects and the stolen car at the Traveler’s Inn later that night.

McCreary was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Thursday in Jackson County Circuit after pleading guilty to felony counts of second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Oregon law allows robbery in the second degree to be removed from its 70-month mandatory minimum sentence if the victim wasn’t seriously injured and prosecutors agree to a reduced sentence.

Gauthier was sentenced to 3 years in prison Friday after pleading no-contest to felony counts of third-degree assault, first-degree burglary and delivering heroin. Deputy District Attorney Marco Boccato and Gauthier’s court-appointed defense lawyer Alyssa Bartholomew both sought to instill hope in her during the hearing.

Citing a well-written letter to the judge about who she was at the time and how she’s trying to change, Bartholomew said she has “high hopes” for her client and described her as exceptionally bright and “very good at math” who made a bad decision.

Mejia agreed, citing the same letter and said she “just didn’t think about this at all.”

“This makes me feel horrible,” Mejia said as he sentenced her to the Oregon Department of Corrections. He authorized any alternative programs available to her.

“Basically it’s in your hands now to turn this around,” Mejia said.

“You won’t see me again,” Gauthier promised.

Outside the courtroom, Boccato called the prison sentences involving Gauthier, McCreary and the victim, Torres, “just a shame.”

“Drugs ruin so many people’s lives,” Boccato said.

Boccato expressed hope that Gauthier can get clean and change, though he said it was important that she face some consequences for what she had done.

“We gave her a big break,” Boccato said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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