Tahlequah Daily Press

January 22, 2014

Rose man who killed puppy, abused child inks plea deal

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — More than 18 months after a local man was jailed for abusing a woman and child and decapitating a puppy with an ax, a plea agreement has been signed that will give the man a 10-year sentence.

Brandon Keith Hubbard, 30, of Rose, was charged with child abuse by injury, cruelty to animals, and domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor child.

As part of his agreement, Hubbard avoids a jury trial. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the child-abuse charge, with the sentence to run concurrent with a Mayes County case. He was also given credit for time served.

Hubbard was given a five-year sentence for the cruelty to animals charge, which will also run concurrent to Hubbard’s other sentences.

Court records show the domestic assault charge was dismissed with Hubbard ordered to pay costs.

Authorities allege Hubbard used a whip and broom handle to assault a child; assaulted a woman; and later used an ax to chop the head off a puppy while a child was watching.

Hubbard’s attorney, Doak Willis, complained in court filings that articles about Hubbard’s arrest in the Daily Press about Hubbard’s arrest included “sensational wording” and that Hubbard would be unable to face a fair and impartial jury.