Myrtle Creek man gets 10 years in prison for shooting

Myrtle Creek man gets 10 years in prison for shooting

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Myrtle Creek man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting a man in the head with a shotgun.

Charles Henry Teal, then 26, shot Jeffery Scott Bension, 39, of Roseburg, and left his body in a remote area outside Myrtle Creek.

Teal pleaded guilty to manslaughter and unlawful use of a weapon charges, and was sentenced Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Teal blew a kiss to his family members as he entered the courtroom Monday morning. Teal sat at the table with tears rolling down his face as the victim's mother read a statement to the court.

According to court documents, Teal told police that Bension was dying from cancer and wanted to die.

Teal admitted to shooting Bension in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun, after Teal had removed his wallet and identification and put it in his shoe.

A passing hunter found Bension's body and called police.

Prosecutors said Monday that there was never any medical evidence to prove that Bension had cancer. The state testified that Teal took Bension's word for it, instead of using other options like suggesting counseling or trying to intervene in another manner.

Defense attorney Laura Fine Moro said, "Charles Teal is a very good person who found himself in a very bad situation, which was complicated further by extreme emotional distress. He has deep regret for his actions, and he accepted the punishment of the court with no quarrel."

Judge William Marshall handed down the sentence on Monday, giving Teal 10 years in prison for manslaughter and 5 years for unlawful use of a weapon.

The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Teal will spend 10 years behind bars, with credit for time already served.

This story will be updated.