After formally being sentenced to a year in prison for bribery, former Rep. Randy Terrill said he was an innocent target of a misguided prosecution.
“What you witnessed was less me being on trial than the legislative process being on trial,” Terrill, 44, said Friday after he was sentenced for bribing a legislative candidate not to run. He also was fined $5,000.
“I understand that I was the showpiece. And I understand they wanted to see me paraded out here in the orange jumpsuit. And, you know, I'm sorry I didn't have the jumpsuit on for you guys today. I know that's going to be very disappointing to the district attorney.”
Jurors selected Terrill's sentence after convicting him in October. In formalizing that sentence Friday, Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong ruled that he had basis for appeal. Terrill remains free on a $10,000 appeal bond.
A jury found that Terrill, a Republican, offered Debbe Leftwich, a Democrat, an $80,000-a-year state job at the medical examiner's office in 2010. Prosecutors alleged Terrill bribed her to induce her to drop her re-election campaign for her Senate seat that year.
Terrill said the case amounted to an attack on legislative communications that should have been privileged.
“The jury had an opportunity to hear the evidence that the state had in this case and the bottom line is that Mr. Terrill did exactly what the state alleged,” Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said.
“The jury returned a verdict that was reflective of the fact that they believed the state's case.”
Earlier this month, Leftwich, 62, was sentenced to one year of probation. She did not plead guilty, but under a deal with prosecutors, allowed a judge to find her guilty of soliciting and/or accepting a bribe.