Man who shot marijuana thief pleads guilty, sentenced to prison

Man who shot marijuana thief pleads guilty, sentenced to prison
Josiah Timothy Shirley

EUGENE, Ore. - A Springfield man who shot someone trying to steal some of his marijuana plants pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to almost 7 years in prison.

Josiah Timothy Shirley, 31, pleaded guilty to charges of assault in the second degree with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. Judge Cynthia Carlson ordered Shirley to serve 80 months in prison. Shirley will receive credit for time served at the Lane County Jail.

Shirley shot and injured a man he discovered trying to steal marijuana plants from a legal medical grow in Shirley's Springfield yard in Sepetmber 2013.

The shooting victim survived but suffered trauma to his leg. The judge ordered Shirley to pay almost $40,000 in restitution.

Police seized Shirley's gun on September 24, the day of the shooting. He was indicted by a grand jury in October.