A Tuttle man accused of repeatedly punching an off-duty Oklahoma City police officer in the head while another man held him in a headlock pleaded guilty Friday to assault and battery.
Jimmy Dan Smith, 29, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years probation for his role in the Feb. 15, 2011, attack outside a northwest Oklahoma City bar that left officer Chad Peery paralyzed.
Smith avoided trial by accepting a plea agreement from prosecutors. With credit for time served in jail, he will spend about seven and a half years in prison before he is eligible for parole, prosecutors said.
Smith is the second of three co-defendants to plead guilty in the case. He apologized to the parents of the injured officer, who was not in court.
“Not a day goes by that I don't pray for your son to make a 100 percent recovery,” Smith said.
Outside the courtroom, Smith offered no comment to reporters. His attorney, Stephen H. Buzin, declined to comment.
Jan Peery told reporters the apology offered little comfort.
“It will not give our son back what he lost,” she said.
Chad Peery's father, Greg Peery, who witnessed the attack, said he had mixed feelings about the sentence.
“That's the system,” he said. “We just want to put this past us.”
Chad Peery, 34, suffered a broken neck when he was beaten the night of Feb. 15, 2011, after trying to escort customers from Dan O'Brien's Public House in northwest Oklahoma City at the request of the bartender.
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