By:  Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins woman on probation for marijuana possession has been ordered to appear before a Payne County judge June 13 on a charge of harboring a fugitive, who was wanted for failing to appear in court in a drug case.

If convicted of furnishing lodging to fugitive Nicholas Ryan Brown, Kimberly Sue Anderson, 34, could be given as much as a 10-year prison term and a $10,000 fine. Anderson was arraigned last week on the felony charge and remains free on $5,000 bond, court records show.

After she was arrested at 11:35 p.m. on May 4, “Anderson admitted she had lied about Brown (not) being in the apartment. She also admitted she remembered me warning her previously that she would be arrested for harboring a fugitive if she did anything other than notify law enforcement if she had contact with Brown.

“I asked her why she let Brown into her apartment to sleep and eat her food. She said she just feels bad for people. She told me this was the only night he was at her apartment. She did not know if he was going to spend the night,” Perkins Police Officer Billy Laster alleged in an affidavit.

Brown had been found hiding under a large pile of clothes in a bedroom closet at Anderson’s apartment, the affidavit alleged.

Seven years ago, Brown, now 27, of Stillwater, had pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana in the presence of a 2-year-old boy, for which he was sent to the Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) prison boot camp program. Six months later he was placed on five years’ probation, but he repeatedly failed to appear in court, records show.

Last November, Brown was ordered to enroll in and successfully complete the Teen Challenge Program in Stillwater, but he walked away one day after arriving, according to a report from Probation and Parole Officer Jason Nixon, who recommended that he be arrested and given a six-month jail term for violating probation, court records show.

Brown, who remains in the Payne County Jail on $10,000 bail, has been ordered to appear in court on May 24 before District Judge Phillip Corley.