Monday, August 11, 2014

Hart Sentenced for 2nd-Degree Murder

Craig Neal Hart, 57, of Vian was sentenced for second-degree murder and other charges Monday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw. Hart was sentenced to 10 years on the murder charge, to be served five years in prison and five years out, was sentenced to one year in the county jail for impersonating a police officer, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years on parole for conspiracy to commit a burglary, all to run concurrently. He was fined $5,000 for the conspiracy charge. District Judge Jeff Payton delivered the sentences Monday afternoon. Hart is accused of the shooting death of Jack Vincent Purselley, 38, of the Akins area on July 25, 2011. According to police reports, Purselley was found in a recliner at his home and was shot several times in the chest and once in the head. The shooting was allegedly over a $1 million life insurance policy Purselley told his wife he had taken out on himself, with her as the beneficiary. The wife, Raelynne Simonin, 25, was charged with the crime along with two others, David Joseph Danylchuk was sentenced to life in prison, and Daniel, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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