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Former Oklahoma City federal prosecutor dies in Colorado

Robert Mydans handled several high-profile criminal cases in Oklahoma City.
BY ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ Published: February 21, 2012

— A veteran federal prosecutor who handled high-profile cases in Oklahoma City in the 1980s and was interim U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma in 1989 died Saturday in Colorado.

Robert Mydans, 64, was a federal prosecutor in Denver and was considering retiring after a 31-year career in the U.S. Justice Department.

He died while snowshoeing at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Among the defendants he prosecuted in Oklahoma City was Charles Lamont Thompson, a University of Oklahoma quarterback who pleaded guilty in 1989 to selling cocaine in Norman.

Mydans also prosecuted Lincoln County Sheriff James Ray McLain for violating the civil rights of two burglary suspects by beating them. McLain was sentenced to nine years in prison in 1987 for the crime.

Mydans began working for the U.S. attorney's office in Oklahoma City in 1985 and rose to head the criminal division. He was interim head of the office when U.S. Attorney Bill Price resigned to seek the Republican nomination for governor.

Mydans had been a federal prosecutor in Denver since 1991, most recently prosecuting white-collar crimes and overseeing staff training.

The cause of death and funeral arrangements had not been announced Monday.