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April 15, 2012

PITTSBURG COUNTY DISTRICT COURT LOGS

McALESTER — The following felony and misdemeanor cases were decided in Pittsburg County District Court April 2 - 9.

Dispositions include dismissed cases, suspended and deferred sentences and sentences from trials and plea bargains.

Listings do not include all court costs.

Felony cases

• Judy Freeman, 34, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 5 to an application to accelerate a deferred sentence on charges of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and public intoxication. She also pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny of merchandise from a retailer. She was fined $460 and received a five-year suspended sentence.

• Bernard Ezechukwu, 28, Holdenville, pleaded guilty April 5 to two counts of assault and battery upon a correctional officer. He was fined and sentenced to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections to run consecutive to his current sentence.

• Sherri L. Fry, 35, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 4 to charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was fined and ordered to complete drug court. Upon successful completion of drug court, the charges will be dismissed. If drug court is not successfully completed, Fry will be sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

• Starlin W. Barlow, 44, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 5 to an application to revoke a suspended sentence on a possession of controlled substance conviction. He was fined and sentenced to 14 days in jail with the remainder of the 10-year sentence suspended.

• Sherri L. Copeland, 35, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 4 to charges of possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was fined and ordered to complete drug court. Upon successful completion of drug court, the charges will be dismissed. If drug court is not successfully completed, Copeland will be sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

• Erica D. Ford, 26, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 5 to charges of possession of a precursor to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) in the presence of a minor, possession of a controlled substance (codeine derivative) in the presence of a minor, possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a minor, two counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of false declaration of ownership in pawn. She was fined and ordered to complete drug court. Upon successful completion of drug court, the charges will be dismissed. If drug court is not successfully completed, Ford will be sentenced to 15 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

• Brandin Lee Short, 33, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 4 to an amended charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and charges of child neglect and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was fined and ordered to complete drug court. Upon successful completion of drug court, the charges will be dismissed. If drug court is not successfully completed, Short will be sentenced to 15 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

• Kayla N. Maxwell, 22, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 9 to a charge of second degree manslaughter. She was fined $550, ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution and received a four-year suspended sentence.

• Aaron G. Pickett, 25 , McAlester, pleaded guilty April 5 to charges of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, transporting an opened container of beer, driving without a driver’s license and speeding. He was fined, ordered to complete DUI school, ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and received a five-year suspended sentence.

• Cortney B. Cooper, 18, McAlester, pleaded guilty April 5 to a charge of embezzlement. She was fined $150, ordered to pay $700 in restitution and sentencing was deferred for three years.

• Six counts of first degree rape were dismissed April 9 for Michael A. Smallwood, 23, of Hartshorne.

• Charges of running a roadblock, attempting to elude a police officer and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drugs were dismissed April 5 for Shawna D. Martin, 40, of McAlester.

• A charge of knowingly concealing stolen property was dismissed April 4 for Brian W. Rich, 38, of Hartshorne.

• Charges of conspiracy to commit assault and battery and assault were dismissed April 4 for Brian L. Rich, 20, of Hartshorne.

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