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Stephens County District Court will see about 20 felony cases go to trial.
On Thursday, various felony cases were brought before District Judge Joe Enos for the trial docket call. Through this process, it was determined whether each case would go to a jury trial, have the jury trial waived or if the plea would be changed to guilty.
The majority of cases brought before the court included change of pleas to guilty. Among those were Malcolm Wheeler and Billy Dean Orum Jr.
Wheeler was facing two felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. Wheeler had a plea agreement with the Stephens County District Attorney’s Office, representing the State of Oklahoma.
In the plea agreement, Wheeler was sentenced to five years in jail for each count with the counts running concurrent. He is to pay $7,110 in restitution and was given credit for time served.
Orum pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse and was given 30 years in prison, via a plea agreement. He was also given credit for time served.
Michael Gage Penny, 23, of Marlow, pleaded guilty to violating the conditions of his probation by way of two additional felony charges. For the violation, Penny will serve seven years.
He will also serve seven years concurrently for the possession of a firearm following the conviction of a felony. He was also sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections and to pay $1,000 in restitution on the charge of burglary in the second degree. He also had a one year suspended sentence for eluding police.
Although the majority of the cases included several notable cases will be carried over to jury trials later this month or non-jury trials in February.
Three Duncan men facing first-degree robbery charges in relation to the robberies of three Duncan convenience stores in early 2013, appeared in court. Of those, Dakota John Smith, 20, and Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20, requested to remain on the trial docket. Peyton Thad Graham, 20, waived his right to a jury trial and will next appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
A fourth man charged with the robberies pleaded guilty in December. Tre Demetrius Babineax, 18, was sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but the first 15 years suspended for each count. The three counts are running consecutively.
Ricky Lee Torrez, 33, faces the charge of child abuse by injury. Torrez will remain on the January jury trial docket.
Of all the cases brought before court, one person didn’t appear and one person was carried over to the April trial docket.