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July 26, 2017

Smith enters Blind Plea


Former Luther Town Trustee Richard Smith will not face a jury on his 2015 charges related to copper theft.

The trial was scheduled to begin Monday, January 23, 2017.

His attorney said Smith entered a blind plea on Friday.

James Richard Smith was arrested in June 2015 after Oklahoma County authorities alleged he ordered jail inmates to strip copper wires out of the donated sirens that were placed outside. The City of Del City had donated the sirens to be utilized in Luther as a public warning system.

Smith who was 66 years old at the time of his arrest, has been out on bond while the case has made it’s way through the system. He served on the Luther Town Board for 12 years, according to reports.

The blind plea means a judge will sentence him on a date not yet published.

UPDATE: According to court records, Mr. Smith will be formally sentenced on March 29, 2017, before Oklahoma County District Judy Cindy Truong.

 

2 Responses “Smith enters Blind Plea”

  1. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 2:28 am

    You forgot to mention that the sirens laid outside of city hall for three years not being used. If I didn’t use something for three years I would think it would be okay to trash it too.

    • Profile photo of Luther Register January 24, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Thank you. This happened before I started the paper so I had to rely on what I could gather from court records and other reports. I have asked Town Hall where those sirens are now and if they were ever utilized. Thanks for your comment.

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