Daniel Lynn Brown

Man gets prison for kidnappings over drug debts

A Medford man was sentenced to nine years in prison after admitting he and his teenaged son kidnapped and assaulted men over unpaid drug debts.

Daniel Lynn Brown, 35, of the 3000 block of Palmyna Street, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and assault charges Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court after he admitted to holding one man overnight and trying to pull another into a van, both cases reportedly over unpaid drug debts.

On Sept. 19, Brown held Gregory James Lawrence against his will overnight after Lawrence failed to pay him, according to Deputy District Attorney Alyssa Claseman. While Lawrence was held against his will, Brown reportedly assaulted him with weapons that included a torch.  

Days later, Brown, his son and another barged into Robert Schmoll's west Medford home in the 1800 block of Lillian Street armed with baseball bats and a gun, also reportedly over a drug debt. Brown attempted to force Schmoll into a van, but neighbors intervened outside the house, allowing Schmoll to escape.

Schmoll attended the hearing but did not speak, though a relative did, according to Claseman. Both Schmoll and Lawrence have prior drug convictions, court records show.

Brown has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since Oct. 4, when he was captured after a standoff while hiding in a self-storage unit on Crater Lake Highway in Medford.

Circuit Judge Timothy Barnack sentenced Brown to 108 months in prison under Measure 11, followed by three years of post-prison supervision.

Brown's son, Damian Elijah Brown, admitted in December to his involvement in the two attacks. He was 16 years old at the time of the attacks.

He was sentenced to 85 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections, where he was transported to a youth facility. A "second look" hearing will revisit his sentence after he serves 57 months. The Department of Corrections will determine whether he stays in a youth facility after he turns 18 in November.

Others involved in the cases have pending charges.

Miranda May McCafferty, 22, faces felony charges of conspiring to commit first- and second-degree kidnapping and two counts of conspiring to commit second-degree assault for her alleged involvement in the Lawrence attack. She has been lodged at the jail in Jackson, Michigan, since January on a fugitive warrant, according to jail staff and court records.

Randy J. Bloom, 57, faces felony charges of first- and second-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, second- and third-degree assault, and a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault charge for his alleged involvement in the Schmoll attack. A trial date is currently set for May 17.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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