McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 9, 2013

Snapshot: Pitts. Co. felony case filings in June

By Rachel Petersen
Staff Writer

McALESTER — There were 15 more felony case filings at the Pittsburg County Courthouse in June 2013 than there were in June 2012, an investigation of case records show.

In June 2013, there were 60 felony cases filed. Since multiple people can be charged in a single case, there were 64 people charged with one or more felony counts in those 60 cases.

In June 2012, there were 45 felony cases filed in which 55 people were charged with one or more felony counts.

In comparing the June felony case filings in both years, an investigation of court records reveals:

• There were the same amount of drug and alcohol- related felonies filed in both June 2013 and June 2012.

• There were 16 people charged in theft cases in June 2012 and 10 in June 2013.

• There were 11 felony assault charges in May 2012, whereas there were seven in May 2013.

• There were five firearm felony charges filed in June 2013 whereas there were no firearm cases filed in June 2012.

• The number of felony burglary charges was about the same with five filed in June 2013 and four filed in June 2012.

• Sex-crime cases increased this year, as there were four felony sex crime cases filed in June 2013 and one was filed in June 2012.

• Crimes against children increased by one case — five were five filed in June 2013 and four were filed in June 2012.

• Inmate-related charges also increased — there were nine inmate-related felony cases filed in June 2013 and only one was filed in June 2012.

• There were two kidnapping cases filed in June 2013 and none were filed in June 2012.

• There were two cases classified as “other” filed in June 2013 and none were filed in June 2012. Other cases are those which don’t fall under the categories already listed.

• In both April 2012 and 2013, the following types of cases were not filed: Murder, manslaughter, arson and animal cruelty.



The Breakdown - June 2013

• Drug and/or Alcohol — Of the 64 people charged with felony counts, 24 were charged with drug or alcohol- related charges. This category includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of drugs (including methamphetamine, Marijuana, Hydrocodone, synthetic marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms), manufacturing methamphetamine or possession of materials with intent to manufacture, maintaining a place for keeping and selling drugs, cultivation of drugs and child endangerment by driving under the influence.

• Theft — Of the 64 people charged, 10 were charged with theft. This category includes grand larceny, automobile theft, concealing stolen property or possession of stolen property, embezzlement, obtaining cash or merchandise by false pretenses, identity theft, taking or receiving a stolen credit or debit card, unauthorized use of credit card and false declaration of ownership in pawn.

• Assault — Of the 64 people charged, seven were charged with assault. This category includes domestic assault and battery, domestic assault in the presence of a minor, assault with a deadly or dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer.

• Firearm — Of the 64 people charged, five had a firearm-related charges. This category includes possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, felon in possession of a firearm and feloniously pointing a firearm.

• Burglary — Of the 64 people charged, five were charged with burglary. This category includes both first and second degree burglary.

• Sex Crimes — Of the 64 people charged, four are facing felony sex crime charges. This category includes lewd exhibition of person and failure to register as a sex offender.

• Crimes against Children — Of the 64 people charged, five are accused of crimes against children. This category includes child abuse by injury, enabling child abuse and child endangerment .

• Inmate Crime — Of the 64 people charged, nine are facing crimes involving inmates. This category includes possession of a contraband in a penal institution.

• Kidnapping — Of the 64 people charged, two were accused of kidnapping.

• Other — Of the 64 people charged, two are facing felony charges different from those listed above. This category includes leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and using security equipment to avoid detection while committing a felony.



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.



The Outcome - June 2012

Due to the fact that felony cases in June 2013 are new filings, the outcomes of those cases could not be determined. However, the News-Capital checked the final outcome of the felony case filings in June 2012 and here is what was found:

• There were 12 felony charges and/or cases dismissed. One of these dismissals occurred after the cases were refiled as misdemeanors.

• There were 10 felony charges or cases that defendants pleaded guilty or no contest and sentencing was deferred.

• There were 11 felony charges or cases that defendants pleaded guilty or no contest and received suspended sentencing.

• Eight of the felony cases in June 2012 are still pending. Four are theft cases, two are drug cases, one is a child crime and drug case and one is an assault / inmate crime case.

• Six of the June 2012 defendants were ordered to complete District 18 Drug Court. These all occurred in drug cases and in one of those cases the defendant was also charged with felony crime against a child. Typically, if drug court is successfully completed, the charges are dismissed. However, if drug court is not successfully completed, the defendant is sentenced to serve prison time.

• There were eight felony charges or cases in June 2012 in which defendants pleaded guilty and received prison or jail time.

1) One was sentenced to seven years.

2) One was sentenced to 10 years, with the last three years suspended.

3) One was sentenced to 20 years, with the last 15 years suspended.

4) One was sentenced to six years, with the last four years suspended.

5) Another was sentenced to six years, with the last four years suspended.

6) One was sentenced to 10 years, with all but the first 115 days suspended.

7) One was sentenced to five years, with all but the first 38 days suspended.

8) One was sentenced to five years, with all but the first 30 days suspended.

Information on felony case filings in Pittsburg County District Court is public record and can be obtained at the courthouse at 122 E. Carl Albert Parkway in McAlester.



Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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