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Eagle Point man enters pleas in shooting and Ashland burglary

 Posted: 10:35 AM October 23, 2012

An Eagle Point man suspected in the March shooting death of his roommate and a January robbery in Ashland pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree robbery in the separate cases.

Dylan Ashmun, 27, entered the pleas Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court. The manslaughter charge carries a 10-year sentence and the robbery charge carries a sentence of 5 years and 10 months, court records show.

In the manslaughter case, he also will serve three years post-prison supervision and pay close to $5,000 in fines. Additional charges of murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon were dropped.

Ashmun was originally arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing his roommate 24-year-old Joseph Faaeteete the afternoon of March 28. The shooting was initially reported as a suicide at 128 N. Buchanan Ave., Eagle Point, where police found Faaeteete dead in the home's garage. He had suffered a gunshot wound. Following interviews, police arrested Ashmun as the suspected shooter due to conflicting statements.

A search of the home turned up a pound of marijuana and seven guns — a mix of rifles and pistols.

Police later named Ashmun as a suspect in a Jan. 13 home invasion robbery in Ashland. He also pleaded guilty of second-degree robbery in that case Monday, resulting in a 70-month sentence and an order to pay more than $170,000 in restitution.

Police had alleged Ashmun and Medford residents Ryan Williams, 20, and Michael Tracy, 23, broke in to a home in the 100 block of Alnutt Street in Ashland and stole an undisclosed amount of money and some property. The victim in the robbery was not injured.

Court records show both Williams and Tracy have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree robbery, aggravated theft, kidnapping and burglary. Tracy has a hearing scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26. Williams has a trial date scheduled for Nov. 13.

— Ryan Pfeil

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