STILLWATER – Sean Sutton pushed away from his past, one that turned dark and troubling with his Feb. 11 arrest, embracing the future Friday.
“I am now at peace with my past,” Sutton said in addressing the media for the first time since his arrest, “and I am committed to live in the present and look forward to building a bright future with my wonderful family and many wonderful friends.”
And Sutton can now freely focus on that future, after associate district judge Stephen Kistler accepted a plea agreement that resulted in the former Oklahoma State basketball coach receiving no jail time on four charges related to unlawfully obtaining and possessing prescription drugs for non-medical use.
Instead, Sutton, who pleaded guilty to all four charges, received three years probation on deferred sentencing and was ordered to provide 100 hours of community service and pay $2,500 in fines, per agreement between the Payne County district attorney's office and Sutton and his attorney, Trace Morgan.
Such agreements are common in cases where the defendant has no previous record and the crime is essentially self-inflicted.
Sutton also recently completed a treatment program, spending 115 days at a facility in Sundance, Utah.
“On a case where you're not dealing drugs or manufacturing drugs, but simply an addict and using drugs and don't have a record, this is a pretty typical recommendation, giving him a chance to succeed,” said district attorney Robert L. Hudson.
“I'm certainly for sending dealers and manufacturers to prison and we do quite often. But for someone who their real crime is being an addict, we try to give them an opportunity to rehabilitate.