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Phoenix man going to prison in Oregon for pot robbery

EUGENE, Ore. -- An Arizona man who refused to identify his accomplice in a pot robbery in Oregon that left one man wounded has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.

Jessie Long, 27, pleaded guilty to robbery and assault in the July 27 home invasion near Creswell, Ore., and will have no chance for early release.

"It was a bad decision in my life, and it all went bad from there," Long said in court this week. "And I can't take it back.'"

According to court records, Long and another man went to a home to buy several pounds of marijuana. During the visit, Long's accomplice pulled out a gun and said they were going to steal the drugs, The Register-Guard newspaper reported.

A man who lived at the home resisted, and Long's accomplice shot him in the thigh. The man's wife then tried to take the marijuana and lock herself in a bedroom, but Long pulled out his own gun. He fought with her and took the pot, according to testimony.

Both men fled, and Long was later captured at his Phoenix home.

Despite facing a long prison sentenced, he refused to name his accomplice.

Both Long and his victims had cards from Oregon's medical marijuana program allowing them to possess pot. Long also was registered as a grower and supplier for other medical marijuana patients. That allowed him to legally grow large amounts of marijuana in Oregon, Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman said.

Hasselman said Long admitted in an interview with Phoenix detectives that he was selling the medical marijuana in Arizona and earning $300,000 a year.

Moreover, detectives monitored Long's phone calls while he was being held in the Lane County Jail and determined he was still running his pot-growing business, Hasselman said.

Long's growing operations were legal under Oregon's medical marijuana laws, Hasselman said, but taking the pot out of state and selling it was not.

Violations of medical marijuana laws typically resulted in revocation of medicinal marijuana permits.

The female victim testified by phone at the sentencing. Long and his attorney said he isn't a violent person, but the victim asked why he went to her house with a gun and why he wouldn't identify the shooter.

Long did not reply.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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