Klamath Falls, Ore. – A man accused of shooting a Klamath Falls man three times in the legs is headed to prison for 10 years.
Elric Shelby was found guilty of shooting Jason Mahoney by a judge Friday morning.
The shooting happened in June of 2015 at an apartment building in the Mills Addition of Klamath Falls.
A judge ruled Shelby “guilty” on multiple charges including first-degree assault.
The judge found Shelby ‘not guilty’ on a charge of attempted murder.
Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello noted that it would have been difficult to prove Shelby’s intent “Attempted murder is a difficult charge to prove most of the time. The assault one carries actually the same amount of time.”
Prosecutors sought a 120-month sentence, citing claims that Shelby has assaulted at least 4 other inmates, and one of his 7 lawyers.
Shelby and his defense attorney asked for the minimum 90-month sentence.
The judge opted for the longer prison term of 10 years.
“That’s what we had agreed to argue for on sentencing,” added D.A. Costello. “He has 90 months measure 11 time – so that’s no good time, no early release.”
Shelby was also ordered to pay over $7,000 in restitution to the victim.
Shelby still faces unrelated assault charges for allegedly hitting one of his previous attorneys, Michael Bertholf of Medford.
A hearing was scheduled for October 15 to set a trial date in that case.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.