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

“Not believable,” Lloyd said of Terrill's testimony. “Self-serving, I think, is the best way to put it. There was no trust in what Mr. Terrill said.”

Jurors chose a punishment of one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Jurors could have given Terrill up to two years in prison but they agreed on half that time after negotiating back and forth over the issue.

“There were some that wanted the maximum and there were some that wanted a lot less,” Lloyd said.

Jurors were surprised the maximum punishment for the crime was only two years, Lloyd said.

In one of the twists in the case, the punishment for offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw increased on Jan. 1, 2011.

The maximum punishment for the election crime is now five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Prosecutors could not seek the new punishment against Terrill because the offense was in 2010.

Leftwich, 62, of Oklahoma City, also is charged with a felony — soliciting and/or accepting a bribe to withdraw. District Attorney David Prater charged them in December 2010.

She has pleaded not guilty. She faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

The formal sentencing for Terrill is set for Dec. 5. The judge is not expected to suspend any part of his time. His appeal will take months to file because the judge's court reporter must complete trial transcripts first.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals likely will not rule for more than a year after the appeal is filed. A key issue in the appeal will be whether Leftwich actually ever was a candidate for the Senate in 2010.

She announced she was not running for re-election on May 28, 2010, and never filed any paperwork at the state Election Board. Truong ruled Leftwich was a candidate because she had been raising money for a 2010 race.

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