Gabriel Matthew Keylor

Teen faces felonies in skateboard attack

A 19-year-old Medford man faces Measure 11 charges for allegedly striking a Food 4 Less security employee and a Medford police officer with a skateboard.

Gabriel Matthew Keylor allegedly lashed out after his younger brother, a juvenile who was not named, was caught shoplifting, according to court records.

On the evening of March 30, Keylor allegedly punched a Food 4 Less security employee in the face and hit him in the arm with the skateboard because the store refused to release Keylor's brother, according to a court document filed by Medford police. Keylor also placed the employee in a choke hold before attempting to flee, the document said. 

While he was being apprehended about 8:30 p.m., Keylor reportedly threw his skateboard at Medford police officer Eric Shepherd, causing "minor injury and substantial pain," according to court documents.

Keylor pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to felony counts of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and assaulting a public safety officer, as well as misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and menacing. Jackson County Jail records show he has been held in the jail since March 30 on $100,000 bail.

Second-degree assault is a Measure 11 crime that carries a 70-month mandatory minimum sentence. Keylor's next court appearance is an Aug. 8 settlement conference. Settlement conferences are now mandatory for all Measure 11 charges in Jackson County.

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

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