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Man sentenced for second drive-by shooting

A Medford man convicted in a 2014 drive-by shooting is headed back to prison after firing shots toward adults and a baby in a 2017 drive-by.

No one was struck by bullets in either of the incidents.

Hunter Talon Marlow, 22, was sentenced this week to three years and seven months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree assault and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Marlow, the passenger in a car, shot several 9 mm pistol rounds Nov. 20, 2017, hitting an occupied home and two vehicles on Dakota Avenue, according to court statements and a probable cause affidavit by Medford police.

Two brothers who had just arrived home were walking into the house. Their parents and a baby were inside, the affidavit said.

“He was actually on probation for similar conduct at the time of this incident,” said Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Marco Boccato, who prosecuted the case.

In 2014, Marlow was the passenger in a car when he got out and fired at a man standing on a porch, striking the molding of a South Columbus Avenue home, according to a probable cause affidavit for that case.

The man’s wife was asleep inside when the bullet hit the house, the affidavit said.

Marlow pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a firearm, attempted first-degree assault and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. He was sentenced to two years and six months in prison, according to court records.

Defense lawyer Larry Roloff said Marlow didn’t have an appropriate upbringing and had no role models. Roloff said Marlow developed a significant heroin addiction and got involved with the wrong people.

Roloff said Marlow’s mind is clear now and he has enormous potential.

Marlow said he was grateful to Boccato, the prosecutor, for the plea agreement negotiations and realized he could have been sent to prison for a longer term.

Marlow has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail since Dec. 14, 2017, on charges related to his second drive-by shooting.

“As soon as my incarceration is over, I’m ready to become a part of the community and show my potential,” Marlow said.

“We do hope that at 22 years of age, he does make some real life changes. If he doesn’t and he engages in similar conduct again, he’s looking at a mandatory 10-year sentence,” Boccato said.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge David Hoppe told Marlow he is fortunate not to have faced even more serious charges.

“You should be grateful you didn’t injure anyone,” Hoppe said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.


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