By Patti Weaver


  (Stillwater, Okla.) — Payne County charges have been dropped against a 69-year-old man accused of shooting a man, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and trafficking 32 pounds of marijuana at his Glencoe residence, court records show.
    The local case against Lester Lee Bays was dismissed last week after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court in Oklahoma City to 70 months in prison “for charges arising from this same incident,” Payne County Assistant District Attorney Debra Vincent told the Journal Friday.
    Bays had been in custody on $100,000 bail since his arrest by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Tomm Edwards at 5:33 pm on March 25, 2023, about two and one-half hours after deputies talked to a shooting victim taken by ambulance to the Stillwater Medical Center, an affidavit said.
    Bays told the sheriff’s investigator, “he had ‘gotten pissed off at him (the victim), pulled my pistol from under his pillow and shot him through the wall as (the victim) was running out of the room,"” the affidavit alleged.
    Deputies found two large black plastic trash bags containing a green leafy substance, one about one-third full of loose marijuana and the other with about 20 individually packed marijuana bags, the affidavit alleged.
    Asked if he had a medical marijuana card, Bays told the investigator no and handed Deputy Dalton Ross “two additional large plastic bags which had been on the bed with him,” the affidavit alleged.
    “Lt. Justin Henninger conducted the field testing; the result showed a presumptive positive test for marijuana,” weighing about 32 pounds, the affidavit alleged.
    Payne County court records show that Bays had been placed on 10 years’ probation in 2021 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a charge for which he was also convicted in 2018. Bays had been convicted in 1987 of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, for which he received three months’ incarceration and nine months of probation, court records show.