Review of one day's court filings in Tulsa, Oklahoma counties tells story of addiction

BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and TIM WILLERT Published: March 17, 2012
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Drummond said prosecutors consider prior offenses, whether violence was involved and input from victims when making recommendations about drug court.

Here are selected details from reviewed Oklahoma County cases with links to drugs or alcohol filed on Jan. 24, 2011. All information is taken from court and law enforcement records and ages are at the time charges were filed:

Vonik Tonianse

A bad headlight helped seal the fate of Tonianse, 26, who was pulled over by Edmond police on Jan. 8, 2011. A search of the car revealed a half pound of marijuana, Xanax bars, ecstasy tablets and related drug paraphernalia. Police also found a sawed-off shotgun with no serial number.

In August, Tonianse pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County to seven felonies, including possession of marijuana and ecstasy with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm, and he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was sentenced in conjunction with two other drug-related cases, court records show.

“It does not appear there were any significant factors, other than the defendant's own substance abuse, that influenced his current criminal behavior,” according to a pre-sentence report.

Gary Pannell

Pannell, 53, was charged with armed robbery. He confessed to robbing a grocery store after he was caught on surveillance video pointing a semi-automatic pistol at a clerk.

Pannell pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to seven years in prison. In a letter to the judge, Pannell said his drug habit had overtaken his life and requested treatment for his habit instead of prison time.

Diane Campbell

Campbell, 59, was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (OxyContin, Lortab) and one count of conspiracy to distribute. Police observed Campbell, 59, selling pills to an informant.

On one occasion she was sitting in a lawn chair holding a child while doing business over the phone, a probable cause affidavit shows. Campbell pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors and received eight-year deferred sentences on each count, according to court records.

Jerlean Brown

Brown, 51, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute after police recovered 460.7 grams of marijuana from a house she attempted to run from. Brown pleaded guilty and received a 10-year deferred sentence, despite a 2009 conviction for drug possession.

Deyonco Frederick

Frederick, 35, is no stranger to law enforcement in Oklahoma County, where he has a prior felony conviction and three other felony cases pending, court records show.

All four cases are drug-related, including a cocaine trafficking charge filed Jan. 24, 2011. Frederick and two co-defendants were charged in connection with a drug buy by a confidential informant, police reported.

Frederick also was charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm, possession of proceeds from the sale of drugs and possession of paraphernalia. He is awaiting trial.


BY THE NUMBERS

Jan. 24, 2011, felony cases

Felony cases filed in Oklahoma and Tulsa county district courts on Jan. 24, 2011

• Total felonies cases filed in both counties: 62

• Drug or alcohol links: 38

• Men: 42

• Women: 20

• Oldest: 72

• Youngest: 18

• Most common charge: possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute

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