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May 12, 2013

JBCC crackdown on crime leads to inmate convictions

McALESTER — The Jackie Brannon Correctional Center is cracking down on inmate crime. Such efforts at the facility have led to additional convictions and prison sentenced for inmates.

Rick Caywood, JBCC chief of security, said there are approximately 75 cases pending at the District 18 District Attorney’s office for alleged inmate crimes committed since 2011.

Most of the pending charges are for contraband, Caywood said, “for possession of cell phones and drugs.”

“Of course it’s against the law for offenders to possess a cell phone,” Caywood explained. “We have ongoing security measures in place to detect contraband within the facilities and when an offender is caught in the possession of drugs or cell phones within the facility, we request prosecution through the DA’s office.”

Caywood said he expects a drastic reduction in offenders crime at JBCC. “When all these cases are filed, and when the word spreads through the (offender) population, it will serve as a deterrent and we’re going to see a reduction of offenders in possession of contraband.”

The JBCC inmates who were recently charged in Pittsburg County District Court are:

• Bernie Joe Haumesser Jr., 29, was charged Feb. 21 with possession of a cell phone or an electronic device in a penal institution. He pleaded guilty March 22 and was sentenced to an additional two years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

• Bobby S. Holiday, 36, was charged Feb. 21 with possession of a cell phone or an electronic device in a penal institution and he was charged Feb. 6 with possession of contraband (cell phone) in a penal institution. He pleaded guilty April 17 in both cases and received an additional two-year prison sentence.

• Jeffrey Allen Oyler, 32, was charged Feb. 4 with possession of a cell phone or electronic device in a penal institution and possession of contraband (marijuana) by an inmate. He pleaded guilty April 11 and was sentenced to serve an additional five years in the custody of the Oklahoma DOC.

• Mitchell R. Mclemore, 34, was charged Feb. 4 with possession of a cell phone or electronic device in a penal institution. He pleaded guilty April 17 and received an additional two-year prison sentence.

• Jeffery Dewayne Walker, 23, was charged Feb. 6 with possession of contraband (cell phone) in a penal institution. He pleaded guilty April 19 and was sentenced to serve four years in the custody of the Oklahoma DOC.

• Jase Lee Keys, 39, was charged Feb. 4 with possession of contraband (methamphetamine) by an inmate. He pleaded guilty April 17 and was sentenced to serve an additional five years in prison.

• Brandon L. Shellenberger, 42, was charged Feb. 6 with possession of contraband (cell phone) in a penal institution. He pleaded guilty April 26 and was sentenced to serve an additional five years in the custody of the Oklahoma DOC.

• Erik C. Mueller, 38, was charged Feb. 21 with possession of a cell phone or an electronic device in a penal institution. He is due back in court May 31.

• Christopher Shawn Gilbreath, 29, was charged Feb. 21 with possession of a cell phone or an electronic device in a penal institution. He is due back in court July 23.

This is only the beginning, Caywood said, who is expecting to see many more JBCC inmate felony case filings in the future.

Mueller is currently serving two concurrent 15-year sentences for robbery convictions out of Tulsa and Washington Counties. His release date is Jan. 31, 2012, and he has a parole hearing set in September 2018. He is currently housed at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.

Haumesser is currently serving a five-year sentence for a Jackson County rape and lewd molestation conviction. His release date prior to this new conviction was March 29, 2016, and he has a parole hearing set in April 2015. He is currently housed at the JBCC in McAlester.

Gilbreath is currently serving time for a Canadian County theft charge and Oklahoma County drug and robbery charges. His release date is June 23, 2017, and he has a parole hearing set in April 2013. He is currently housed at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown.

Holiday is currently serving 20 years for distributing cocaine and other drug related convictions. Prior to this new conviction, he was set to be released Oct. 13, 2030. He has a parole hearing set in May 2017. He is currently being housed at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing.

Oyler is currently serving a 12-year sentence for a Tulsa County robbery conviction. Prior to this new conviction, his release date was Feb. 13, 2019. He has a parole hearing set in March 2017. He is currently housed at the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft.

Mclemore is currently serving a 20-year sentence for a Muskogee County drug conviction. He is also serving time for eluding a police officer and possession of a stolen vehicle. He is also serving a six-year Woodward County sentence for possessing a cell phone in a penal institution. Prior to this new conviction, he was set to be released Oct. 8, 2025. He has a parole hearing set in October 2014. He is currently housed at the Lawton Correctional Facility.

While incarcerated at JBCC, Walker was serving a five-year sentence for a Tulsa County robbery conviction. His release date was April 5. He was transferred to the Pittsburg County jail while waiting to face charges in this case and an escape case. He pleaded guilty in both cases and is waiting to be transferred back to the Oklahoma DOC.

Keys is currently serving a 12-year sentence for a Pawnee County methamphetamine manufacturing conviction. Prior to this new conviction, he was set to be released Oct. 13,  2020. He has a parole hearing set in October. He is currently being housed at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville.

Shellenberger is serving time for multiple Oklahoma County convictions, including kidnapping, assault, rape, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a stolen vehicle. Prior to this new conviction, he was set to be released May 22, 2015. He has a parole hearing set in October 2013. He is currently being housed at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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