Drumright Ex-Con Gets 10-year Prison Term for Armed Robbery
(Stillwater, Okla.) -- An ex-convict from Drumright with a history of mental illness has been given a 10-year prison term for robbing at knifepoint a male employee at Christie's Toy Box in Stillwater and attempting to elude a Payne County sheriff's deputy.
Jesse Allen Smith, 28, who has three prior robbery convictions, pleaded guilty Friday in Payne County District Court to both counts.
In accordance with a plea bargain negotiated by his court-appointed attorney Royce Hobbs with prosecutor Debra Vincent, Smith was sentenced Friday to two concurrent 10-year prison terms by Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler.
Under state law, Smith must serve eight and one-half years in prison before becoming eligible for parole, since armed robbery is an 85 percent crime, the judge said.
Smith was arrested in the 2700 block of E. 12th Street in Stillwater by Payne County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Myers following a high-speed vehicle chase and then a foot chase, according to an affidavit.
At a dead-end road, Smith hit a telephone pole -- taking out an electrical box -- and nearly striking a house with his pickup truck, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
"The vehicle accelerated striking a tree just east of the telephone pole disabling the vehicle. The driver climbed out of the wrecked door through the top side of the driver's door that had been bowed out due to the impact.
"The driver immediately started running east from the vehicle over a barbed wire fence. I continued to pursue the suspect on foot yelling verbal commands to 'stop running' and 'get on the ground.'
"The driver continued east approximately 200 feet and then turned south and crossed another barbed wire fence. I deployed my taser in an attempt to stop the suspect.
"The suspect was further than 25 feet, which is the limit of the taser cartridge, and the probes did not reach the suspect.
"The suspect fell to the ground and I advised him to stay down. I cleared the fence reloading the taser with my extra cartridge.
"The suspect stood up off the ground to continue running and I deployed the second taser cartridge striking the suspect and making him fall to the ground.
"The suspect had his arms under his body refusing to show his hand after I gave verbal commands.
"I deployed the taser another cycle," hitting the suspect in the back, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
"While under power of the taser, Deputy Joe Harper placed the suspect in handcuffs. I asked the suspect if he had any weapons and the suspect advised, 'my knife is in the truck,'" Deputy Myers wrote in his affidavit.
Smith had gone into Christie's Toy Box in Stillwater at about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2012, "selected a blow-up doll and two magazines from the shelf and brought them to the sales counter," according to an employee, Stillwater Police Officer Aaron Lowe wrote in an affidavit.
Smith went behind the sales counter with a knife and demanded the male employee give him the money in the cash register or he would be stabbed, the affidavit said.
After Smith took $150 in cash and his selected items, he left in a blue Ford pickup with a paper tag, according to the affidavit.
The employee described Smith's clothing and said he had long reddish-brown hair "that reminded him of Side Show Bob from the Simpsons or the Geico caveman," the affidavit said.
When the Stillwater officer took the employee to the location where Smith was in a sheriff's deputy's custody, the employee identified Smith, his truck, items in the truck as ones taken in the robbery and a wig in the truck as one that Smith was wearing at the time of the hold-up, the affidavit said.
According to Smith's written guilty plea filed in court records Friday, he has repeatedly undergone mental health treatment.
Four years before his latest hold-up, Smith was released from prison after serving about four years for three robberies in 2003 -- one in Cushing and two in Creek County, state Department of Corrections records show.
In Payne County, Smith received a five-year prison term in August of 2004, concurrent to his Creek County sentences, for the knifepoint robbery of a female clerk of money at a Cushing convenience store, court records show.
Smith had already received two concurrent five-year prison terms in April of 2004 in the Drumright division of Creek County District Court for two armed robberies there in 2003, DOC records show.