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Snapshot: Pitts. Co. felony case filings in June


McALESTER — The Breakdown - June 2012

• Drug and/or Alcohol — Of the 55 people charged with felony counts in June 2012, there were 24 charged with drug- or alcohol- related charges. This category includes driving under the influence of alcohol, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drugs (methamphetamine, marijuana and morphine), possession of drugs with intent to distribute, maintaining a place for keeping and selling drugs, possession of drugs near a school or park or public housing and attempting to get drugs with a forged prescription. Three of these cases ended in deferred sentencing and five received suspended sentences. Four of the cases were dismissed and six people were ordered to complete drug court. Three people still have charges pending. Three people received prison sentences. One person was sentenced to seven years. Another person was sentenced to 10 years (with the last three years suspended). Another was sentenced to 10 years, with all but the first 115 days suspended.

• Theft — Of the 55 people charged, 16 were charged with theft. This category includes grand larceny, embezzlement, automobile theft, theft from a retailer, concealing stolen property, possession and use of stolen credit or debit cards, identity theft, false declaration of ownership in pawn and financial exploitation by a caretaker. Of these cases, two were dismissed (one dismissal came after the case was refiled as a misdemeanor). Four cases are still pending. Two defendants received deferred sentencing and four got suspended sentences. Four others were sentenced to serve jail or prison time — one person got seven years, two people got six years (with the last four suspended) and one person got five years (with all but the first 30 days suspended).

• Assault — Of the 55 people charged, 11 faced felony assault charges. This category includes domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer. Of the assault charges, five were dismissed. Three people received deferred sentencing and one received a suspended sentence. One case is still pending and one person was sentenced to five years (with all but the first 38 days suspended).

• Burglary — Of the 55 people charged, four were accused of burglary. This category includes second degree burglary. One of the burglary charges was dismissed, two people received deferred sentencing and one person was sentenced to 20 years (with the last 15 years suspended).

• Sex Crimes — Of the 55 people charged, one was charged with lewd or indecent acts to a child. This was the same person charged in the burglary case and he received a 20 year sentence (with the last 15 years suspended).

• Crimes against Children — Of the 55 people charged, four were charged with felony crimes against children. This category includes child abuse by injury, child neglect and lewd or indecent acts to a child. Of these cases, one person received a suspended sentence, one case is still pending and one was ordered to complete drug court. The last case is the same as the sex crime / burglary case and that man was sentenced to 20 years (with the last 15 years suspended).

• Inmate Crime — Of the 55 people charged, one was an inmate who was charged with possession of contraband and assault. This case is still pending.

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