Two Oklahoma City attorneys found guilty in bribery case

Sam Kerr, 33, and Josh T. Welch, 43, each receive 2-year deferred sentences for their roles in plan to bribe an Edmond police officer in 2007. A third defendant, J. David Ogle, 44, is charged with bribing an officer, a felony. He is due back in court next month.
by Tim Willert Published: April 7, 2012
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Two Oklahoma City attorneys accused of bribing an Edmond police officer in 2007 were found guilty of misdemeanors and received deferred sentences.

Josh T. Welch, 43, entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer in the performance of his official duties.

Sam Kerr, 33, was charged with a felony, offering a bribe. He entered an Alford plea to a reduced charge of obstructing a public officer.

Under an Alford plea, the defendant asserts innocence but admits the prosecution has evidence likely to convince a judge or jury to render a guilty verdict.

Kerr and Welch received two-year deferred sentences Thursday as part of a plea agreement.

Kerr's attorney, John W. Coyle, said his client, who no longer practices law, was happy to put the case behind him.

“He's very disappointed that he got involved in the situation in the first place,” Coyle said. “He was a brand new lawyer with not much guidance and got himself into some circumstances that led to this unfortunate plea.”

“The matter is more than five years old and I made a decision to resolve it and put it behind me,” Welch said.

“By virtue of the agreement, I would not and did not admit to any wrongdoing.”

A third defendant, J. David Ogle, 44, is charged with bribing an officer, a felony. He is due back in court next month.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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