Two men and two women agreed Tuesday to go to prison for years for forcibly tattooing “RAPEST” on a young Oklahoma City man's forehead during an assault in April.
The victim, Stetson Johnson, 18, was shocked with stun guns, beaten in the head with a baseball bat and left for dead by a Del City lake, police said.
“It's a brutal case of bullying,” prosecutor Scott Rowland said. “A mob mentality took over.”
Richard “Buddha” Lynn Dellert, 31, of Irving, Texas, and Zachary “Texas” Chase Provence, 21, of Midwest City, were sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation.
Kimberly Sue “Luckie” Vergara, 25, of Midwest City, and Lorena Amanda Hodges, 33, of Oklahoma City, were sentenced to five years in prison and five years on probation.
The punishments were the outcome of plea agreements their attorneys reached with Oklahoma County prosecutors. The men were more culpable in the attack than the women, Rowland said.
All four pleaded guilty to kidnapping and maiming. The maiming count involved the tattooing.
Provence and the two women also pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Dellert pleaded no contest to the assault count.
They have been in jail since April 26.
The four confined Johnson at Hodge's house in south Oklahoma City house on April 17 and there tattooed “RAPEST” on his head and “I like little boys” on his chest, police said. Both women admitted they used a stun gun at the house to shock him in his genitals, police reported.
Johnson told police he heard “Kim” laughing during the attack, according to a police report.
Johnson then was taken to a Del City lake and beaten with a baseball bat. He crawled and walked to a trailer park for help. He spent days in intensive care at a hospital.
His mother, Lucy Ford, called Tuesday's outcome a good deal because it spared her son from having to testify. “He doesn't want to see those people again so it helps him mentally,” his mother said.
In the days after the attack, Johnson covered up “RAPEST” with a tattoo resembling a bar code. Now, he is getting free laser treatments to have the tattoos removed. His mother said the removal is going very well. “It will be a year before it's all done,” she said.
No restitution ordered
Relatives told police Johnson has a diminished mental capacity. He recently met Vergara and had stayed overnight with her and Provence. She took him to stay at Hodge's house while she and Provence went to Texas to get Dellert, police reported.
Hodges told police they tattooed Johnson because he tried to have sex with her at her house while she slept, according to police reports. She told police she allowed him to sleep in her bed but only as friends. She called the tattooing payback, admitting to police that she slapped the “RAPEST” tattoo with her hand to set it, police reported.
The tattoo “RAPEST” apparently is a misspelling of “rapist.” Prosecutors and police have said there is no evidence to support Hodge's claim.
In paperwork to support his guilty plea, Provence specifically admitted he was the one who hit the victim in the head with a baseball bat. Dellert admitted he was the one who did the actual tattooing.
Both women specifically admitted in the guilty plea paperwork they used stun guns on the victims. Vergara brought a Bible with her to court.
They were not required to make restitution. “Quite frankly, you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip,” the prosecutor, Rowland, told reporters after the sentencings.