SHAWNEE — Former McLoud elementary teacher Kimberly Crain sobbed Wednesday as she pleaded no contest to dozens of sex crimes against her former students and other girls.
At the same time, one victim's mother laughed gleefully in the back of the courtroom.
Crain, who sat huddled and alone before standing before the judge, had good reason to break down.
Moments before, co-defendant Gary Doby, a former Oklahoma Baptist University professor, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the case. Doby, who has been known to use the name “Uncle G,” pleaded guilty to 20 sex crimes.
Crain, a former third-grade teacher, is scheduled to be sentenced March 22.
Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan offered Crain little hope after she entered a blind plea — meaning the sentence will be left entirely up to the judge.
“The least I can sentence you to is 25 years,” Canavan told Crain.
Doby, 66, will have to serve at least 38 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole. His punishment was the result of a deal with prosecutors.
“He'll be something like 104 when he comes up for parole,” Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon said after the pleas were entered Wednesday morning. “I don't think he's going to make it.”
‘Definition of a pedophile'
Doby, who the prosecutor described as the “definition of a pedophile,” also asked to be admitted to a sexual predator treatment program.
“Mr. Doby, you're going to have a lot of time to sit there and think about what you've done to these victims, and I hope you do that,” Canavan said.
“I will,” Doby responded.
Parents of some of the young girls — most of them former students of Crain at McLoud Elementary School — attended the plea hearing Wednesday, some sitting for hours before the defendants stood in front of the judge just before noon.
One mother, who laughed out loud when it was announced Doby would serve a life sentence, lashed out at the defendants as court broke for lunch.
“I hope you rot in hell,” the woman said to Doby as he sat in the courtroom. The mother was not told to stop by any court personnel in the building's largest courthouse.
Doby, who was called other names by the angry mother, seemed to nod his head in agreement during the exchange.
“It felt good,” the mother said. “I think they deserve everything they're going to get.”
Crain, 49, rocked from side to side as she stood before Canavan. As she pleaded no contest to each of the dozens of counts against her, her sobs grew more audible.
As she cried, some parents laughed.
“I'm just glad they're getting what they deserve,” a father of one of the victims said afterward. “I just want this thing over.”
After Canavan set her sentencing, Crain asked if she might be released to home confinement with electronic monitoring.
Noting she faced a long minimum sentence, Canavan said, “I'm not going to do that.”
Crain's husband was not in court. Her mother was, Smothermon said.
While waiting for his case to be called, a gray-haired and bespectacled Doby sat with other inmates along a side wall in the seat farthest from courtroom spectators.