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Medford teen guilty of plot to murder father sentenced to 25 years

Ellen Rose Friar pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and no contest to conspiracy to commit burglary back in January.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 12:27 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2019 6:18 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A local teenage girl who admitted to conspiring with two boys to murder her father was sentenced to 25 years in detention during her sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

Ellen Rose Friar pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and no contest to conspiracy to commit burglary on January 4, 2019.

The Judge Lisa Grief sentenced Friar to 240 months for the former charge and 60 months for the latter — adding up to 300 consecutive months, or 25 years. She will also serve three years of post-prison supervision, on top of paying restitution.

Friar will stay in a juvenile facility until she turns 25, after which she will be transferred to a women's prison for the remainder of her sentence.

The then-15-year-old Friar is accused of helping her 19-year-old boyfriend Gavin MacFarlane and their friend Russel Jones II to murder her father, Aaron Friar, in October of 2017. The boys allegedly beat the elder Friar to death and then dumped his body over an embankment in Eagle Point.

The trio were also implicated in a plot to kill Jones II's father — an act which was never carried out.

MacFarlane pleaded guilty to charges of murder, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy to commit murder in October of 2018. The case against Jones II remains pending, with a pre-trial date set for April 22.

A mug shot of Friar was not released at the time of her arrest as she was (and remains) a minor. 


This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will fill out this article with additional details as they emerge.

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