Medford man imprisoned for robbery, assault

The last of five robbers was sentenced to prison Thursday for brutally beating two brothers after luring them from the mall and stealing their cash and belongings.

Andrew Ryan Jones, 20, of Medford, pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree robbery. Dismissing defense attorney arguments that Jones' had minimal involvement in the Nov. 12 assault of 20-year-old Reymundo Rodriguez and 16-year-old Ricardo Rodriguez, Circuit Court Judge Ron Grensky sentenced Jones to the state's mandatory sentence of five years and 10 months.

"The victims really felt that they were going to be killed," Beth Heckert, county chief deputy district attorney, told the court. "He (Jones) was completely in on this plan."

Along with Samuel Addams Buchanan, 20, Alonzo Knight Self, 17, and 16-year-old Loren James Self, Jones repeatedly beat the Rodriguezes after robbing them of $1,200, their cell phones and identification.

Two girls, 17-year-old Ashley Renee Wooten and a 14-year-old who was charged as a juvenile, had approached the Rodriguez brothers at the Rogue Valley Mall and asked for a ride to the Crater Lake Avenue house, where they had been staying with Buchanan and the Selfs, who are all brothers. Jones was "couch-surfing" at the house, staying indefinitely as a guest.

Once the Rodriguezes arrived, Alonzo Self asked them to come inside because they were having a party, Heckert said. Instead, the brothers were threatened with a pellet gun that resembled a handgun, tied up and repeatedly kicked and punched.

"I could not understand why I was going to die like that," Reymundo Rodriguez told Grensky via a Spanish interpreter.

The Rodriguezes were turned loose once Buchanan stole clothes that the Hispanic brothers had purchased at the mall and stereo equipment from their Ford Expedition. Buchanan warned the brothers not to contact police, but they sought medical attention, which alerted law enforcement, attorneys said.

Although defense attorneys in the case have said the Rodriguez brothers suffered no significant physical injury, the two were unable to feed or dress themselves or use the toilet unassisted for days after the crime, their aunt, Jennifer Rodriguez, told Grensky.

Buchanan and the Self brothers planned the robbery to bail their mom out of jail but instead spent the money on beer, pizza and clothes, Heckert said. Sheila Self was arrested two days previously on charges of possessing methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of minors.

Buchanan, his brothers and the girls were arrested about a week after the crime. Jones turned himself in on Dec. 6 after returning to Medford from Colorado. Ordered to serve a three-year prison term, Wooten was the only adult defendant who did not receive the mandatory sentence. Circuit Court Judge Ray White ruled that because she did not assault the Rodriguezes, she was eligible for the state's exemption from Measure 11.

The 14-year-old girl, subject to juvenile treatment, was sent to a youth correctional facility for an undetermined period of time, Heckert said. Measure 11 allows adult prosecution of teens 15 and older. The Mail Tribune prints names of teenage crime suspects only when they are charged as adults.

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