By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A 25-year-old Guthrie man, who pleaded guilty to raping an unconscious female friend at her Perkins residence, has been given a 15-year prison term with an order to provide a DNA sample, as part of a plea bargain with the prosecution approved in court last week.
    On his release, Van Millyon Jirdon must serve 10 years of probation and register as a sex offender, Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley ordered.
    Jirdon had been scheduled for a June trial on the first-degree rape charge but accepted a plea bargain after Payne County Assistant District Attorneys Erica Garuccio and Debra Vincent notified him that they intended to offer evidence of another sexual assault on a sleeping victim in July of 2017 in Logan County, court records show.
    As part of the plea agreement, the prosecution indicated it would not file charges arising out of that investigation in Logan County, court records show.
    In the current case, “On June 17, 2021, Perkins Police Chief Bob Ernst requested OSBI investigative assistance,” about a rape complaint made on March 8, 2021, at the Perkins Police Department, OSBI Agent Lynda Stevens wrote in an affidavit.
    When the OSBI agent interviewed the woman on June 25, 2021, she said that Jirdon hung out with her and a couple of her co-workers at a tavern near Perkins until it closed at 2 am on March 6, 2021, the affidavit said.
    “When the tavern closed, Jirdon asked (her) if he could sleep on (her) couch. Jirdon told (her) he didn’t feel comfortable driving back to Guthrie since he had consumed alcohol that night. (She) knew Jirdon drank two or three alcoholic drinks in a time period of about four hours.
    “(She) wanted to help out her friend and told Jirdon he could sleep on her couch. (She) left the tavern in her vehicle and Jirdon followed (her) in his vehicle to (her) residence, which was a short distance from the tavern,” the affidavit said.
    After leaving him in the living room to sleep on the couch, the woman went to her bedroom and fell asleep, the affidavit said. “The next thing (she) remembers was waking up and realizing Jirdon was raping her. She was scared and didn’t know if Jirdon would hurt her if he thought she woke up, so she pretended to be asleep. As soon as Jirdon finished, he exited (her) bedroom and left her residence,” the affidavit said.
    “The following day, March 7, 2021, she confided in a friend what happened to her. The friend encouraged her to report the incident to the police and on March 8, 2021, she reported the incident to Perkins Police Department,” the affidavit said.
    In the pre-sentencing report, the woman wrote, “I have struggled with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and a failed suicide attempt because of this predator. He does not deserve the freedom of being out on the street. I am not his only victim and do not believe he is remorseful for his actions.”