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Woman shot by police in Medford will head to Idaho to face more charges

 Posted: 2:55 PM May 05, 2014

One of two people wounded by police gunfire after their vehicle rammed a law-enforcement car March 6 in Medford will be headed back to Idaho to face charges from the couple's alleged crime spree there.

Shavon Ruth Willard, 32, pleaded no contest today in Jackson County Circuit Court to one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, with a charge of possession of methamphetamine dropped in her case.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced Willard, who has spent the past 51 days in the Jackson County Jail, to 18 months' probation and no extra jail time, opening the door for her extradition to Idaho.

Willard has been held on a fugitive warrant out of Idaho since she and codefendant Wayne Eugene Pearson clashed violently with local and state law enforcement along Hilton Road near Poplar Avenue.

Pearson was driving and Willard was a passenger in a vehicle that rammed a federal officer's vehicle then sped toward other officers who were trying to capture the couple after a short, high-speed chase, leading to four officers firing at least 39 rounds.

Willard suffered two gunshot wounds to her abdomen, one to her right forearm and her right eye. Pearson was grazed in the head.

Willard appeared in court by video from the jail. Her right eye was red and swollen but not patched as it was when she was transferred to jail after eight days in a Medford hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.

She also sported a bandage over the bullet wound in her forearm.

The couple are also accused of attempting to ram a police car in Idaho and other crimes before fleeing to Southern Oregon.

Willard gave jail officials an address in Myrtle Creek near Roseburg, court records show.

Pearson, 29, faces second-degree assault and nine other felony charges. He remains jailed in Medford with his trial scheduled for Sept. 9, court records show.

— Mark Freeman

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