Antonia Beall

Antonia Beall

A McAlester woman accused of fatally striking a Texas man and leaving the scene in November has been sentenced to prison.

Antonia “Toni” Jean Beall, 39, pleaded guilty to felony leaving the scene of fatality accident and was sentenced to 30 years in the custody and supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections along with a $1,500 fine, court costs, and restitution reserved.

Beall is accused of fatally striking 34-year-old Curtis Wayne Johnson, of Lancaster, Texas, on Nov. 20 just south of McAlester before allegedly leaving the scene. After Johnson was found by an off-duty trooper, the man was transported to the McAlester Regional Health Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Beall was also sentenced by Pittsburg County Special District Judge Brian McLaughlin to one year in the Pittsburg County Jail for misdemeanor negligent homicide, with that sentence to run concurrent with the ODOC sentence, according to court documents.

Per the plea agreement, Beall will serve 12 of the 30 years in prison with 18 years being suspended and credit for time served.

The woman originally faced imprisonment of four years or more for the charge of first-degree manslaughter after investigators alleged the woman was driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance at the time of the fatal hit-and-run.

Prosecutors and Beall’s defense attorney later agreed to the amended charge of misdemeanor negligent homicide after “evidentiary hurdles were found to prove the underlying misdemeanor of driving under the influence,” District 18 First Assistant District Attorney Adam Scharn told the News-Capital in July.

Court documents show Beall also plead guilty to felony possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and was sentenced to serve 10 years in the custody of the ODOC — which is to run concurrently with her 30 year sentence.

She is also ordered to complete “drug classes” while in custody of the ODOC, according to the agreement.

Ronald Swearengin, 49, who was accused of crushing and burying the van Beall was driving at the time of the fatal hit-and-run, received a five-year deferred sentence in April after pleading no contest to being an accessory to a felony and misdemeanor destroying evidence, according to court documents.

Both were charged following an extensive investigation conducted by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol following the fatal hit-and-run with help from the public through social media and media posts.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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