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Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 14, 2014
Oklahoman Published: August 13, 2014


Murder plea

nets 10 years

A Sequoyah County man has been sentenced to prison in the slaying of a man over a nonexistent life insurance policy. Craig Neal Hart, 57, of Vian, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder/malice of forethought, impersonating a police officer and conspiracy to commit burglary. He was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison on the murder charge, a year in jail for impersonating a police officer and five years on the burglary charge. The sentences will run concurrently. Hart was charged in the July 25, 2011, shooting death of Jack Vincent Purselley, 39, of Akins. Hart and David Joseph Danylchuk, 55, and William Douglas Daniel, 54, went to Purselley’s residence, according to an arrest affidavit. Purselley’s body was found with gunshot wounds to the chest and head. Raelynne Simonin, 25, told authorities she married Purselley because he said he had a $1 million life insurance policy and she was the beneficiary. Purselley didn’t have an insurance policy, deputies said. David Joseph Danylchuk, 55, was sentenced to life in prison for Purselley’s shooting death. William Douglas Daniel, 54, was sentenced to 20 years but died this year, and Simonin was sentenced to 45 years.

Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman



training set

The injury prevention service of the state Department of Health will hold “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” instructor training across Oklahoma. People who complete the two-day workshops will be qualified to lead classes in their communities to help prevent injuries from falls. Free instructor trainings will be held Aug. 28-29 in Duncan, Sept. 18-19 in Enid and Sept. 25-26 in Norman. To enroll, contact Avy Redus at 271-3430 or at



Rose State

hosts Keating

Former Gov. Frank Keating will speak in the Atkinson Theatre at Rose State College at 11 a.m. Aug. 26. The title of his talk is “Leading in Crisis: The Oklahoma City Bombing.” The college’s Friends of the Library and Learning Resources Center are co-sponsoring the event. The event is open to the public. For more information, call 733-7402.

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