Since You Asked: Brothers pleaded guilty in racial menacing

    What ever happened to the other Temple brother who was involved in that racist attack against the two black men who were walking down the street in Medford? I know the one brother pleaded guilty in June. Has the other one done the same?

    — Tim Q. Medford

    The "other Temple brother" you are referring to is Kevin Kaleb Temple.

    He, like his brother, Shaun Patrick Temple, also pleaded guilty to lesser charges in connection with last summer's racially motivated attacks.

    The case against Kevin Kalem Temple, 25, was resolved through a plea agreement — which occurred almost one year after the attacks, said Deputy District Attorney David Orr.

    Kevin Temple on July 17 pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of menacing before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ron Grensky. He was sentenced to 16 days in jail, 11 months supervision and fined $250, said Orr.

    Kevin Temple, who has had nine prior arrests, was initially charged with two counts of first-degree intimidation, two counts of fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest, Orr said.

    Orr said the two men shouted racial slurs and physically confronted the black teenagers on Aug. 21, 2007 after driving past them on Riverside Avenue.

    "They shouted, 'This is Medford, n——-! Get out of here!' " said Orr, adding the two men then attacked the teens.

    Medford police arrested both Temple brothers on charges of resisting arrest, harassment, disorderly conduct, assault, menacing and intimidation after officers arrived to find a chaotic scene with people screaming and four young men fighting.

    Kevin Temple fought with officers as they took him into custody and had to be restrained, police said. Shaun Temple was taken to a local hospital for stitches in a cut lip he sustained in the fight with the victims. The targets of the attack were not injured, police said.

    Several witnesses were willing to testify that two black teenagers, a 19-year-old from Sun City, Calif., and a 17-year-old from Murrieta, Calif., were walking north on the west side of Riverside Avenue with two young, white women when the Temples drove by in a van and shouted racial slurs. The witnesses say the brothers got out of their van and ran across the street to physically confront the young men while yelling more racial slurs, Orr said.

    But as the case dragged on for more than a year due to postponements and continuances, the two key witnesses — the victims — eventually became unavailable to testify at trial, Orr added.

    "So I had to offer the plea agreement," he said.

    Shaun Temple, 22, who has had eight prior arrests, was charged with two counts of intimidation, one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of menacing. The assault and intimidation charges were dropped after the younger Temple brother pleaded guilty to the menacing charge earlier this year, Orr said.

    He was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 11 months of supervised probation by Judge Ray White.

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