Attempted murder suspect found guilty

MEDFORD, Ore. – A man was found guilty in connection with a stabbing in White City.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office said in the early morning hours of July 1, 2017, deputies responded to a reported assault in the White City area.

They say the man, Romualdo Balero, had been stalking a woman he was previously in a relationship with. He and another came by the family’s house that night, where Balero stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s stepfather.

The district attorney’s office says the man sustained a serious stab wound to his midsection but survived.

“He was in the hospital a week after this occurred. He had to have surgery, so I expect the restitution will be substantial,” said Alyssa Claseman, Deputy D.A., Jackson Co. District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Balero fled the scene and was captured by deputies after a high-speed chase; he was also under the influence of intoxicants at the time.

On May 16, 2019, a jury found Balero guilty of attempted murder, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon. He had previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants, eluding an officer, and reckless driving. He pleaded “no contest” to a stalking charge.

Balero will be sentenced for his crimes on May 20. Prosecutors said he could face up to seven years in prison.

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