ASHLAND, Ore. — Nearly a year after caution tape lined around the home of Frank Damiano, the mobile home park is quiet, but the memories of their neighbor remain.
“Positive and happy and accepting and open. Just one of those people with that magnetic personality,” said neighbor Kris McAdam.
It’s that outgoing and warm spirit neighbors said has been missing since last October.
“He is missed. I mean, at the bar-b-q that we have annually, several people mentioned, you know ‘I miss Tony. I wish he was here. It’s not the same without him,”‘ said McAdam.
While the neighborhood is quiet, the courtroom was busy. Tuesday morning, Othon Robert Campos changed his plea to guilty for a felony murder charge, 1st degree robbery and 1st degree burglary. When Judge Lorenzo Mejia asked how Damiano was killed, Campos said the other man he was with stabbed him. As part of the plea, Campos will have to share more details.
“The Co-Defendant, Merlin Bounds, still has a trial set for January of 2015, and part of his plea agreement was that Mr. Campos would truthfully testify in that trial,” said Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert.
It’s only after that trial, Campos will be sentenced, with the murder charge alone carrying a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years. Until then, friends and neighbors remember Damiano and the impact he had on the community.
It’s better to just remember Tony the way he was, with a smile,” said McAdam.