Tahlequah Daily Press

April 5, 2013

Purported ‘gangster’ pleads guilty in riot case

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A 24-year-old Tulsa man and purported gang member pleaded guilty this week to participating in a riot on the Illinois River last summer.

Naaman J. McCoy was initially arrested May 27, 2012, along with several other people. Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Capt. Bill James said McCoy and the others who were arrested represented themselves as members of the Crips gang from the Tulsa area.

James said McCoy and the others were “causing mayhem and inciting a riot” by assaulting others who were floating the river. Officers were told the suspects were assaulting people who were wearing blue-colored clothing, James said.

McCoy was formally charged in June with a felony count of participating in a riot with a dangerous weapon, pleaded not guilty, and was ordered to reappear in court after he bonded out of jail. But court records show he failed to appear in October and a bench warrant was issued.

McCoy surrendered himself to authorities that same month.

The charge against McCoy was amended this week to participating in a riot. He was given a two-year deferred sentence and was ordered to make monthly payments for fines and other costs.