Former Oklahoma Rep. Randy Terrill sentenced in bribery trial

Former state Rep. Randy Terrill, 44, was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $5,000 in Oklahoma County District Court. He remains free on appeal.
by Matt Dinger Modified: December 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm •  Published: December 20, 2013
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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.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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