- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A man who fatally shot another man in downtown Medford has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of murder.

A Jackson County judge sentenced Shane Zornes immediately after Thursday’s nighttime verdict. The Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/Xo2nUD ) Zornes broke down in tears after the verdict and apologized before sentencing.

Closing arguments earlier Thursday revolved around whether Zornes intended to kill 27-year-old Isaac Deleon on Dec. 13, 2015. The defense asked the jury to consider a manslaughter charge, saying Zornes made a tragic decision to de-escalate a situation by pulling the gun from his waistband and clicking off the safety to show he was serious.

But prosecutor Jeremy Markiewicz described Zornes as “an adrenaline-pumped, angry, tough guy walking around downtown Medford.”

Zornes can apply for parole after 25 years.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/


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