(Stillwater) — A Payne County jury, which deliberated for more than 10 hours, has acquitted an ex-convict from Ripley of breaking into the rural Perkins home of a female acquaintance, who alleged that she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint.
    The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on one count each of first-degree rape and rape by instrumentation and two counts of forcible sodomy. The jury announced that it was deadlocked 7 to 5 on those four counts last week.
    The defendant, Michael Brandon Lane Jr., 26, was ordered taken back to the Payne County Jail, where he has been held for more than three years on $500,000 bail, which Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler refused to reduce Friday.
    Lane had testified during his seven-day trial, which began April 1.
    He was ordered to return to court on May 8, when a new trial date could be set by Kistler on the remaining four counts — for which he could receive four life prison terms if convicted, due to his criminal record.
    More than a year ago, Lane had pleaded no contest to raping the woman while holding a knife to her throat, for which he was originally given a 20-year prison term from then Associate District Judge Robert Murphy Jr., who subsequently allowed Lane to withdraw his plea.
    During an unusual hearing last year at which Lane and his two prior attorneys testified, Lane told Murphy, who is no longer a judge, that he felt he had no choice when he accepted a plea bargain. Lane testified that he didn’t know that a rape examination on the alleged victim showed no evidence of vaginal tearing.
    Prosecutor Kathy Thomas said that there were many injuries on the victim’s body, but not vaginal.
    Lane had been released from an Oklahoma prison about seven months before he was charged with raping the woman after allegedly breaking into her rural Perkins home on July 23, 2005, state Department of Corrections records show.
    The woman, then 19, said that during the attack, Lane put a knife to her throat, choked her and threatened to kill her, an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff R.B. Hauf, who was then an investigator, alleged.
    She was repeatedly sexually assaulted and choked by Lane, who “rammed his fingers down her throat,” the affidavit alleged.
    “Defendant kept repeating, ‘I’m going back to prison,"” and told the woman not to tell anyone and not to call the police, the affidavit alleged.
    After Lane left her home, the woman grabbed her six-month-old son and went for help, the affidavit said.
    Lane was sought for more than seven months before he was captured in Colorado in 2006, authorities said.
    Lane’s criminal record includes eight prior felony convictions, all but one from Payne County, between 2001 and 2003, court records show.
    He has three convictions for second-degree burglary, two related to forgery, one for drug possession, one for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and one for grand larceny, court records show.