Man gets 6 months for robbery, assault

The second of two men who robbed a suspected medical-marijuana thief was sentenced to jail Friday.

Brian Allen Vosburgh, 22, pleaded guilty Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court to charges of second-degree robbery and second-degree assault. Circuit Court Judge Ron Grensky sentenced Vosburgh to six months in jail for the May 16 attack on 19-year-old Bradley Lewis Maerz during which Vosburgh struck Maerz with his car and beat him with a belt.

Jeffrey Christopher Smietana, 23, pleaded guilty in the case on June 7 and also was ordered to serve a 6-month jail sentence. In both cases, judges ruled that Maerz suffered no significant injury, qualifying Smietana and Vosburgh for sentences outside Oregon's mandatory minimum sentencing Measure 11.

Vosburgh struck Maerz with his 2000 Dodge Neon while Maerz rode a bicycle along Central Point's Scenic Avenue. Smietana believed Maerz had stolen his medical marijuana a month earlier after Smietana invited Maerz to smoke with him and then fell asleep, said David Orr, county deputy district attorney. When Smietana spotted Maerz riding his bicycle, he thought Maerz's watch was purchased with proceeds from the stolen drug, Orr said.

Vosburgh started beating Maerz, who fell to the ground, and he and Smietana tried to take Maerz's watch. Passersby reported the melee to police, who arrived after Vosburgh hit one bystander with the Neon and fled. The man was not injured.

Smietana and Vosburgh were arrested a short time later at Smietana's home in the 4800 block of Old Stage Road. Vosburgh lives in the 8000 block of White City's Thunderhead Avenue.

Maerz, who lists an address in the 2100 block of Central Point's Taylor Road, was indicted in connection with the April 10 marijuana theft. He has pleaded not guilty and has spent no time in jail. Because he did not want to testify in the case, the district attorney's office sought a settlement, Orr said.

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