The Pryor Times

November 29, 2012

Court cases move forward

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR — Three cases were dispersed without preliminary hearings in Mayes County District Court Monday.

William James Backwater is charged with feloniously pointing a firearm, possession of a firearm after former conviction, carrying firearm while under the influence, obstructing an officer, resisting an officer and public intoxication. The case was scheduled for conference.

Joseph Berry was scheduled for preliminary hearing. Berry is charged with lewd molestation and procuring, producing, distributing and possessing juvenile pornography. Berry chose to waive his right to a preliminary hearing. Judge Terry McBride will hear the case.

John Stith is charged with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance after former conviction and possession or selling of paraphernalia, a criminal misdemeanor. When Judge Rebecca Gore questioned Berry regarding his mental health, he stated he has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia with homicidal and suicidal tendencies and post traumatic stress disorder.

Gore read his charges, including the endeavor to manufacture methamphetamines as possession of paraphernalia at 310 Rowe St. Stith accepted the charges as read, except for the address, which he stated was 210 Rowe St. The court approved his application to be removed from the drug court program. Stith was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections and fined $500.