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After Oklahoma City standoff, judge regrets giving grace period to convicted robber

A man who was arrested last week after a standoff with Oklahoma City police was only on the loose because he convinced a judge five months ago to let him have a weekend with his family before serving a prison sentence.
Published: February 21, 2014

A man who holed himself up in a northwest Oklahoma City apartment last week in a 9-hour standoff with police was only on the loose because he persuaded a judge to give him a weekend at home with his family before serving a 20-year prison sentence.

The judge in that case now says he regrets showing the man mercy. Oklahoma County District Judge Ray Elliott said Jarrod Truss convinced him that he wouldn’t run.

“I allowed him two days’ grace, and this is how he returned the favor,” Elliott said. “There was no indication he was a flight risk.”

Truss, 22, was tracked Tuesday by bail bondsmen to The Village on the Lake Apartments in the 9100 block of N MacArthur Boulevard. Police said he tried to escape out of an upstairs window, but retreated back into the apartment when he discovered he was surrounded.

The bail bondsmen called police, who tried for nine hours to contact Truss and get him to come out. Police eventually forced their way into the apartment and found him hiding.

Truss pleaded guilty in September to four counts of robbery with a firearm and one count of attempted robbery. Truss and an accomplice robbed several teenagers at gunpoint and were tracked down by the GPS on one of their victims’ phones.

Truss was sentenced to 20 years in prison and would be required to serve at least 85 percent of that sentence, or 17 years.

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