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Perjury case dismissed against Oklahoma City restaurant owner

Oklahoma City restaurant owner Wade Mock Starr agreed to do 100 hours of community service and pay $2,500 to the state's victim compensation fund in exchange for a dismissal of a perjury case against him.
by Nolan Clay Modified: February 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013

A perjury indictment against Oklahoma City restaurant owner Wade Mock Starr was dismissed Friday after he agreed to do 100 hours of community service and pay $2,500 to the state victims' compensation fund.

Starr also must pay $379 in court costs.

The state's 13th multicounty grand jury indicted Starr after he testified last May.

The grand jury was investigating accusations surrounding a victory party thrown for David Prater on Nov. 20, 2006, after Prater was elected Oklahoma County's district attorney.

The chief accusation was that Prater had accepted an illegal campaign donation. Grand jurors concluded the accusations against Prater were “unfair, untrue and unjust.”

Grand jurors suggested in a report that defense attorneys Joe Brett Reynolds and Irven Box made the accusations to try to gain some advantage in a highly publicized murder case. Grand jurors concluded Starr signed a false affidavit about who paid for the party.

Grand jurors also reported Starr and Reynolds were the source of a bogus invoice about the party.

Starr, 42, had faced three perjury counts. Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson dismissed all three counts Friday at the request of the prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Megan Tilly.

Starr was identified in the indictment as a part-owner of the Deep Fork Grill and Cafe Nova restaurants in Oklahoma City.

“He is an asset to our community,” his defense attorney, Gary Wood, said. “A dismissal of all charges reflects the service Wade has provided to this city and state. A dismissal … is an appropriate resolution as Wade was preyed upon by others for their personal gain. Those who preyed upon him knew of his generosity and compassion.”

About the deal

Under his deal — known as a deferred prosecution agreement — Starr could be charged with perjury again if he violates any city, state or federal laws in the next two years.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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