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April 26, 2013

McAlester woman pleads guilty to harboring a fugitive

McALESTER — A McAlester woman recently pleaded guilty to a felony charge of harboring a fugitive from justice.

Aubrey Barnes, 25, was charged in December in Pittsburg County District Court in a case accusing her of hiding Colton Courts, a Union City Correctional Center escapee, in her McAlester home.

Barnes was fined $300 and sentencing was deferred for two years.

According to court records, Courts escaped from the Union City Correctional Center on Nov. 24. “Courts was discovered missing and a warrant was issued from Oklahoma County for escape from a penal institution,” court records state.

In the process of his investigation and search for Courts, an Oklahoma Department of Corrections Internal Affairs agent was led to Barnes’ home in McAlester, according to court records.

“While speaking to Barnes at the front door of the (Legends Lane) residence,” a police affidavit states, the agent “asked if Courts was at the residence and Barnes said ‘no.’”

After further searching, the agent found Courts hiding in one of Barnes’ back bedrooms, the affidavit states.

Courts is serving a 10-year sentence for a charge of manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance and a nine-year sentence for a drug possession with intent to distribute charge. Prior to his escape he was scheduled to be released from custody Sept. 3, 2016, and has a parole hearing set for July.

On Jan. 3, Courts pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County Court to the escape charge and was sentenced to an additional two years prison time.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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