McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 30, 2013

McAlester man pleads guilty to assault, burglary

By Rachel Petersen
Staff Writer

McALESTER — A McAlester man recently pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of burglarizing a woman’s home and assaulting her.

Paul Anthony Savala was first charged in December with first degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, forcible anal sodomy, first degree burglary and misdemeanor transmitting a threat. On April 26, Savala pleaded guilty to the first count, which was amended to assault with intent to commit a felony, and the burglary and threat counts. Both sodomy counts were dismissed.

Savala was fined $1,290 and received a 15-year suspended sentence. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. The plea and sentence were pursuant to an agreement between Savala and the District 18 District Attorney’s Office.

According to court records, Savala broke into a residence on the southwest side of McAlester and assaulted the woman living there. Court records indicate that Savala continued this behavior from April through October. During these assaults, court records indicate that Savala would tie the woman’s hands and blindfold her.

The victim told police that Savala threatened to hurt her children and grandchildren if she told anyone about the assaults, court records state. The victim also told police that Savala assaulted her 20 or more times over the seven-month period.

McAlester Police Det. Capt. Gary Wansick said that when police interviewed Savala regarding the assaults, Savala said that he had an ongoing consensual sexual relationship with the victim.

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