Gunpoint robbery over heroin debt lands a man in jail for 70 months
Judge Pat Wolke today in Josephine County Circuit Court sentenced a robber to 70 months in the Oregon Department of Corrections for taking money for an alleged debt.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Lisa Turner who outlined the details of the case previously during the sentencing of an accomplice, Bryan Malek. On Aug. 19 of last year, Malek owed his drug dealer money and he contacted the victim, Jesse Aaron, to acquire money for an alleged debt Aaron owed Malek. Aaron agreed to pay the debt at first but then rescinded because he said it was not clear why he owed money.
Malek enlisted the help of 21-year-old Cody Mayer and the pair coerced Aaron to come for a ride in their car and then they robbed him at gunpoint at the intersection of G and Foundry streets.
Malek was previously sentenced last December to three years in prison.
Judge Wolke summarized letters he had received from Mayer’s family that described his demeanor and Wolke said he believed Mayer is an intelligent young man whose life was negatively impacted by drugs. Wolke said Mayer would learn to enjoy his life in prison free of heroin.
Mayer had previously pled guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of heroin, delivery of heroin and second-degree robbery.