The Pryor Times

March 1, 2013

Joyriding and a church robbery

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— The felony disposition docket opened before Judge Terry McBride with the case of a stolen and damaged vehicle.

Jimmy Parks pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  

“I took a car from a friend’s garage and drove it to my mom’s house. She called the cops,” said Parks. He was ordered to complete 240 hours of community service and sentencing was set for Feb. 26, 2015.

Argument arose, however, over the amount of retribution to be paid. The owner of the car, Nicholas Sites, was called to the witness stand.

Assistant District Attorney Marny Hill asked him about the condition of the car prior to the event. Sites described the car as a “classic in mint condition.”

After Parks took the car on an unauthorized drive, Sites said the damage includes transmission, clutch, tail lamp assembly, injectors, head rest, and heads. Sites reiterated that the vehicle had none of these problems before the event occurred, that the vehicle was in mint condition.

McBride asked the make and model of the car. Sites told him it was a 2001 Trans Am.

Hill asked the owner of the vehicle if he was aware of the value of a 2001 Trans Am. Sites said the blue book value of the vehicle is $26,000.

Defense attorney Jacqueline Rhodes asked the witness about the value.

She asked if he would be surprised to find that the value of that particular vehicle was only $10,525.

Sites said he would be very surprised, as the car is a classic in mint condition and he had looked up the value when he purchased the car.

“Essentially, in asking for $10,000 retribution, you are asking for a new car for what amounts to just a few hours of joyriding,” said Rhodes.

Sites stated the damage was sustained for two reasons: the defendant did not know how to drive a six -speed standard vehicle, and the there was a broken hose which meant the vehicle had no antifreeze.

McBride informed both parties that the actual value of the vehicle is $11,500 retail.

“If he pays you the full price of a new car, then the Trans Am becomes his. Is that what you want?,” asked McBride.

Sites said no, he wanted the repairs made, while retaining ownership of the vehicle because it is his “pride and joy.”

McBride ordered Parks to pay $3,000 retribution.

Henry Jones was charged with burglary in the second degree.

“I guess I robbed a church,” said Jones. “I went in through the back door.”

“You guess?” said McBride.

Jones clarified that he did, in fact, rob a church.

With one prior felony charge, the state recommended a five-year suspended sentence and 240 hours of community service.

Jordan King was charged with burglary in the second degree.

“I was look out for my friend who was putting stolen goods in the vehicle,” said King. King was also charged with concealing stolen property and public intoxication. He will be on probation until his sentencing Feb. 26, 2018.

Another guilty plea was made to burglary in the second degree by Dakota Spradlin. Sentencing was set for Feb. 26, 2015, and Spradlin was ordered 240 hours of community service.

Steven Jennings pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon, mistreating a police dog, public intoxication, resisting an officer and trespassing. Jennings said he entered a back yard without the owner’s consent. To avoid arrest, he hit a police officer and his dog. He was sentenced to two years in the department of corrections, and a year plus 30 days in Mayes County Jail. All of these terms are to be served consecutively.

Next door, in court room two, Judge Rebecca Gore worked her way through a short initial appearance docket.

Courtney Butler was charged with possession of methamphetamines, which can result in a two - 10-year sentence. Her case was set on the preliminary hearing sounding docket March 14. The state recommended a bond of $7,500.

Nicoli Eddleman was charged with possession of methamphetamines after former felony conviction, obstructing an officer and public intoxication. The state suggested her bond be set at $25,000. Her case was set on the preliminary hearing sounding docket March 14.

On embezzlement charges, Gorden Woods had his case set for the same preliminary hearing sounding docket.