The Pryor Times

December 17, 2013

Man appears for plea without attorney

Cydney Baron
Staff Reporter

PRYOR — An outstanding warrant for the arrest of Eric Goodpaster has been in place since July 24. Goodpaster, Adair, was charged with a misdemeanor count of breaking and entering.

Goodpaster appeared in court Dec. 12, both for initial appearance and plea. He appeared before Judge Rebecca Gore without his attorney present. Goodpaster said he had hired an attorney but did not know he needed to be accompanied by the attorney for the court appearance.

Information filed in the case alleges the burglary happened May 31.

“The reporting party stated that she arrived home and noticed the keys to the 1994 Mercury she had given to Eric Goodpaster and the Mercury along with a strong box, keys to the residence and several prescription medications were missing,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

The victim also stated that Goodpaster had been staying with she and her husband, but they had kicked him out one day prior to the break-in.

“The reporting party stated that she and her husband had purchased the Mercury four-door car for Goodpaster and told him he would have to tag it and get the title in his name before they would give it to him,” the affidavit alleges.

According to the affidavit, the reporting party said she was sure Goodpaster had taken the items as he had sent her a text message stating he had the car and was driving it but he did not take the medication.

Items reported stolen include: 120 pills of 30mg Morphine, 120 pills of 10mg Methadone HCL, 400 pills of 1mg Alprazolan, 135 pills of 4mg Tizanidine HCL.

Goodpaster has a prior criminal record in multiple counties including Mayes, Craig, Jackson and Cherokee County. In 2005, in Wagoner County, he was charged with obtaining merchandise by bogus check and several counts of money judgment. In 2002 he received a felony charge in Jackson County for obtaining property/money by false pretense. In addition to the current Mayes County charge, Goodpaster has previously been charged with uttering a forged instrument, a felony.