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Former Cattlemen's Steakhouse dishwasher pleads guilty in shooting

Keonta Prince, 19, a former Cattlemen's Steakhouse dishwasher, pleaded guilty in a robbery and shooting that happened outside the restaurant.
by Tim Willert Modified: December 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012

A man who cut a deal with prosecutors then refused to testify against his co-defendant pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges in the shooting and robbery of an off-duty sheriff's deputy who was carrying a bank deposit for Cattlemen's Steakhouse.

Keonta Stephen Terrell Prince, 19, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty to one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of robbery with a firearm.

He is to be sentenced March 22 and could face up to life in prison.

Oklahoma County sheriff's Maj. John Waldenville, 61, was shot in the face and lost his right eye as he walked to a nearby bank just after midnight on May 21, 2011. He was robbed of $6,000.

Last week, a jury convicted co-defendant Christopher Travis Baker, 30, of Oklahoma City, on the same charges and recommended a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

Baker is set to be sentenced Feb. 8 by District Judge Kenneth C. Watson.

Had he testified against Baker, Prince would have served 17 years in prison. But because he reneged on the deal and entered a guilty plea without an agreement, sentencing is left to up to the judge.

Watson told Prince that he would not treat him any different from Baker.

“You had a gift and you threw it away,” the judge said.

If Prince receives a life sentence, he would have to serve 38.3 years before becoming eligible for parole because he must serve 85 percent of 45 years, prosecutors said.

When asked by the judge if he committed the crimes to which he was entering guilty pleas, Prince said, “I didn't shoot nobody.”

Prince, a former Cattlemen's dishwasher, had testified against Baker at Baker's preliminary hearing. He was, however, a no-show at Baker's trial.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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