Former state Rep. Randy Terrill granted freedom while appealing conviction

The trial judge in a political bribery case agreed Wednesday that former Oklahoma state Rep. Randy Terrill can remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm •  Published: October 31, 2013

Former Rep. Randy Terrill was released Wednesday afternoon from the Oklahoma County jail after a judge ruled he can be free while appealing his political bribery conviction.

Terrill, 44, of Moore, spent Tuesday night in jail after the 12 jurors found him guilty.

“My message to the rest of the Legislature would be: You better watch your back. Because if you make the district attorney mad, you may be next,” he told reporters after leaving the jail.

District Judge Cindy Truong ruled Terrill could go home once he posted a $10,000 bond. He was released shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The judge ordered Terrill to have no contact with any witnesses in the case. “If you do, I will have your bond revoked and you will be sitting in prison,” she warned.

The judge also required Terrill to wear an ankle monitor until after the jury trial of his co-defendant, former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich. Her trial is set to begin Dec. 9.

Prosecutors opposed his release but the judge said he is not a flight risk, his crime is a nonviolent one and he does not have a prior criminal record.

His defense attorney, Chris Eulberg, told the judge, “There is a very good chance that the case could be reversed on appeal.”

Terrill appeared before the judge Wednesday afternoon in orange jail clothes, white socks and jail sandals. His hands were handcuffed in front of him and his legs were restricted by an ankle chain.

Jurors on Tuesday evening found Terrill guilty of a felony — offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw.

Jurors agreed Terrill, a Republican, offered 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 not to run for re-election to her Senate seat that year.

“The evidence was circumstantial but quite strong,” said one juror, Bill Lloyd IV, of Edmond. “The testimony was very strong.”

Jurors didn't believe Terrill, who testified in his own defense Tuesday for two hours.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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