PRYOR, OK — Steven Yates, Tuttle, appeared on the felony motion docket Wednesday. Charges were filed in May by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Charges include possession of a controlled dangerous substance after former felony convictions, driving under the influence of drugs and possession of paraphernalia. Bond was originally set at $40,000 which Yates posted one day after arrest. Last month Yates was found mentally competent to waive his right to a preliminary hearing. Wednesday, Yates’ attorney announced that pursuant to a plea agreement with the state he would like to waive his right to a jury trial. His case was continued until Nov. 12 at 9:30.
Charges were filed Thursday against Steve Christmas for failing to register as a sex offender, a felony offense. The offense is currently listed as an outstanding warrant and the agency involved is listed as the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Bond on the warrant is set at $25,000. Information filed in the court clerk’s office stipulates that “on or between July 31 and Sept. 23, said defendant did fail to register as a sex offender with the Mayes County Sheriff” Office.” The information continues in saying that Christmas resided in Mayes County for more than the allotted three days before registering. Christmas was convicted of first degree rape in Tulsa County in 1991. Other than the felony count Christmas’ criminal record contains only traffic infractions.