A Henryetta teenager who killed his former girlfriend and her unborn child was sentenced to two life sentences, to run concurrently, Okmulgee County court officials said Wednesday.
Cody James, 18, pleaded guilty in October to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Rebecca Johnson, 16, and first-degree manslaughter for the killing of Johnson's unborn child.
District Judge Charles Humphrey also sentenced James to three concurrent 10-year sentences for assault with intent to kill.
Court records show James threatened several people with a handgun before shooting Johnson.
On July 20, 2004, three days after his 17th birthday, James shot Johnson as she sat in her sister-in-law's vehicle. The couple had reportedly broken up.
Johnson, who was between five and 10 weeks pregnant, died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
James had threatened to kill her the week before her slaying, according to court documents.
ARDMORE Guilt admitted in child neglect
An Ardmore man and woman pleaded guilty recently to child neglect and each received 3 year deferred sentences.
Jennifer M. Pfleger, 21, and Joseph Ryan Wilson, 22, were charged with child neglect in connection with the death of Pfleger's 9-month old son.
The baby was found dead Aug. 5 in a trailer. The child was left unattended up to 12 hours in unsanitary conditions, authorities said.
LAWTON Essay writers to be recognized
Three Eisenhower Junior High School students will be honored tonight as winners of the Clean Air Lawton Essay Contest, hosted by the City of Lawton and Lawton Public Schools. The ceremony begins at 5 in the Shoemaker Auditorium.
Seventh-grader Josephine Reed, and ninth graders Shabaz Ahmad and Maria Collado are the top three finalists.
The order in which they finished will be announced at the ceremony with the first-place recipient receiving $100.
Winning essays focused on how air pollution develops and what it does to the environment.
OKLAHOMA CITY Forum set on alternate lifestyles
A local online news source will hold a town hall meeting Jan. 30 to discuss the state of Oklahoma City's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.
The event, organized by GayOKC.com, starts at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1901 N Douglas Ave.
Panelists will discuss a range of topics, including passage of State Question 711, Oklahoma's anti-gay marriage amendment; Oklahoma County's adoption of a gay-inclusive nondiscrimination policy; and the controversy over "gay-themed books in the Metropolitan Library System.
More than 20 community leaders have agreed to participate, including candidates for public office, political activists, religious leaders and business people.
Rob Abiera, owner and editor of GayOKC.com, will moderate.
Financial sponsors include the Central Oklahoma Stonewall Democrats, Oklahoma Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and OKC Pride Inc.
English class offered at center
For the second semester in a row, Oklahoma City Community College will offer English-as-a-second-language classes at the Riverside Community Center, 420 SW 10.
Beginner and intermediate classes start the week of Jan. 30.
The evening classes, which cost $25 for a 10-week session, were the result of a partnership between the community college and the Latino Community Development Agency to help clients bridge the language gap.
Beginner classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Intermediate classes will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to enroll, call the agency at 236 0701.
Chinese to share with homeless
The Oklahoma Chinese Cultural Foundation will serve Chinese food and give new gloves, hats and socks to the homeless on Saturday.
The event is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army's Red Shield Kitchen, 330 SW 4.
The foundation began the program in 2001 to celebrate the Asian new year, which falls on Jan. 29 this year.
Last year, about 300 homeless people attended.
Along with food and clothing items, each guest will receive a dollar bill in a red envelope signifying good luck in the new year, said Tinny Chang, head of the cultural foundation.
Several doctors will attend to provide free checkups, including eye examinations, Chang said.
KIOWA Highway victim identified
A man struck and killed last month along U.S. 69 in Pittsburg County has been identified as a resident of Korea, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Wednesday.
The body of Young Yn Cho, 62, was found Dec. 23 on the shoulder of the highway a quarter-mile north of Kiowa, the patrol said.
The incident remains under investigation. No vehicle has been found.
GROVE Trial date set for city manager
City Manager Bill Galletly is to go on trial March 13 on charges he tried to circumvent Oklahoma's law requiring competitive bidding on public projects.
The law requires bidding on public construction projects worth more than $25,000.
Galletly is accused of splitting up projects so they would not exceed this amount.
Prosecutors say a utility project costing nearly $114,500 and a city hall project costing more than $41,500 were split up into several smaller projects to keep the costs of each less than $25,000.Archive ID: 2921921