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Weapon use charged

A Madras man, Loreto Rodriguez Jr., was found guilty by a jury June 26 of using a knife against another.
   According to Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche, Rodriguez "grabbed his girlfriend by the shirt and held a knife up to her."
   The witness described the knife as a 12-inch kitchen knife, he added.
   Rodriguez, 24, was found guilty of unlawful use of a weapon against another, a Class C felony, and attempting to commit coercion, and harassment, both Class A misdemeanors, all of which occurred on May 6.
   Because of his criminal history, Circuit Court Judge Annette Hillman sentenced him to 30 months in the custody of the Oregon Department Corrections, and three years of post-prison supervision.
   Sheryl Blackman, chief deputy district attorney, prosecuted the case.