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Crime briefs for Jan. 15, 2013

Crime briefs for Jan. 15
Published: January 15, 2013
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SHEILA STOGSDILL,

FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

MUSKOGEE

Jailer pleads

guilty in case

A former Murray County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty in federal court in Muskogee in connection with an assault on a handcuffed inmate. Craig Billings pleaded guilty Friday to one count of deprivation of rights for violating the civil rights of the inmate who was being booked into the Murray County jail in October 2011. Billings, 39, was taken into custody and awaits sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but his attorney, Phil Hurst, says he has a plea agreement that will result in a significantly lesser punishment. Hurst declined further comment. Prosecutors maintain Billings tackled the handcuffed victim, grabbed him by the chin and slammed his head on the floor after the inmate verbally offended him.

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BIXBY

Pastor stops thieves in act

A church pastor interrupted burglars Sunday morning. Pastor Shannon Watterson walked into Quest Church and noticed the television in the foyer was gone — then went into the sanctuary where he saw playground wagons loaded with televisions and other items. Watterson said he called police as the would-be thieves ran out a back door. Watterson said church services went on as planned. Church officials plan to install a security system.

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