Thursday, January 17, 2019

Angela Gray Files Motion to Withdraw Plea Agreement

Angela Gray of Muldrow follows her attorney, Gary Buckles of Poteau, 
into the courtroom before her sentencing on Dec. 20.

A motion to withdraw a plea agreement has been filed on behalf of Angela Gray with the Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw.

Through a plea deal offered by the District 27 District Attorney’s office, Gray plead no contest to the conspiracy charge against her for her involvement in the Sept. 1, 2013 ATV crash near Muldrow which left Christian Mayberry, 16 at the time, with a traumatic brain injury and partially paralyzed.

District Judge Jeff Payton gave Gray a five-year deferred sentence on Dec. 20, with a list of 17 rules and conditions of supervised probation.

District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp said he has reviewed the motion to withdraw plea agreement filed Dec. 28 and said there appears to be an issue with the probation conditions.

“I haven’t talked with the defense attorney,” Thorp said. “These are things we can probably work out if we just sit down and talk about it.”

A spokesperson for Gray’s attorney, Gary Buckles of Poteau, said they have no comment until they talk to their client.

Thorp said the hearing was initially set for next week, but has now been moved to March.

At the Dec. 20 sentencing, Michelle Keely, assistant district attorney for District 27, said the deferred sentence carries with it a list of rules and conditions to which Gray must comply until Dec. 20, 2023.

A few of the rules and conditions include checking in monthly with a probation officer, not leaving the state of Oklahoma without written permission from the judge, not changing address without notifying the probation officer, not consuming or purchasing alcoholic beverages and not communicating with persons who have a criminal record, among others.

Keely said if Gray violates any of the rules and conditions of probation, the judge would then have several options available, including placing her in custody of the Department of Corrections to serve up to the maximum 10 years for the conspiracy charge.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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