Ashland man sentenced to 11 years after robbery spree

An Ashland man who robbed three convenience stores in a weeklong crime spree last summer was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Gerking on Jan. 11 found Scott Michael Jones, 29, guilty of four counts of second-degree robbery. The Measure 11 crimes carry a mandatory 70-month sentence, but the judge allowed Jones to serve some of his time concurrently, said Beth Heckert, chief deputy district attorney.

"The judge handed down a sentence of 140 months," Heckert said.

Jones' crime spree began on June 17, when he robbed the Ashland Minute Market at 304 N. Main St. He robbed another Minute Market, at 610 E. Main St., Medford, on June 21. He committed his final robbery June 23 at the Circle K at 1068 S. Riverside Ave., Medford, Heckert said.

Two store clerks were robbed at the Ashland Minute Market, leading to the fourth count of second-degree robbery, she said.

In each of the robberies, Jones pulled up his shirt and showed what looked like the butt of a gun sticking out of his pants, Heckert said.

Jones apologized for his actions before Gerking handed down his sentence.

"I don't make a habit of (robbing stores)," Jones said. "I was in desperation and I made a mistake."

Heckert called 20 witnesses to make her case against Jones. Public defender Andrew Vandergaw represented Jones, who opted not to take the stand and testify in his own defense.

Three of the four victims testified against Jones, Heckert said, adding one victim has moved away since the crimes occurred.

None of the victims appeared at the verdict or the sentencing, she said.

Medford police arrested Jones June 24, Heckert said, after a fingerprint taken from the door of the Medford Minute Market matched Jones'.

Sanne Specht is a reporter for the Mail Tribune. Reach her at 541-776-4497 or email

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