Pregnant drug offender faces Oklahoma prison time after capture in Florida

Lisa Michelle Hickey, 30, of Oklahoma City, walked out of court while a jury deliberated her fate and did not return for the verdict.
by Tim Willert Modified: March 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013
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A pregnant defendant who disappeared during her trial in Oklahoma was apprehended Wednesday by a bondsman in Florida, prosecutors said.

Lisa Michelle Hickey, 30, of Oklahoma City, could face additional prison time after a jury in Oklahoma County convicted her in absentia of drug possession with intent to distribute and recommended an eight-year prison sentence.

Hickey faced up to life in prison because of prior felony convictions.

Hickey was accused of selling drugs, including methamphetamine and marijuana, at a metro-area bar in December 2011, court records show.

A judge issued a bench warrant for Hickey after she failed to appear for the reading of the verdict on Tuesday. The judge also ordered her $10,000 surety bond forfeited, records show.

Prosecutors said Hickey told the judge she did not wish to testify but changed her mind after the jury began deliberating the case against her. When the jury returned a verdict, Hickey was nowhere to be found.

Hickey's attorney could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Prosecutors said the defense attorney told them Hickey had purchased a plane ticket to Florida. A fugitive task force in that state was contacted to apprehend Hickey at the airport, prosecutors said.


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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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