Shane Zornes convicted of murder in downtown Medford shooting


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 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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