Tahlequah Daily Press

April 9, 2014

Four local felons being eyed for parole

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY — Four convicted felons from Cherokee County are set to appear on this week’s meeting of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Harley W. Scott was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with four suspended, for kidnapping in January 2013. Scott pleaded no contest to the single count and three others – including another kidnapping charge and two charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon – were dismissed.

Prosecutors alleged Scott and Bobby Gene Bechtol held two girls inside a home, against their will, and tried to get money from them. The girls apparently owed a small amount of money to Scott and Bechtol, and the men made the girls strip from their clothes because they didn’t believe them when they said they didn’t have the cash.

Bechtol pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge and received eight years in jail, followed by seven years of probation.

Wade L. Ritchie was charged in February 2012 with second-degree burglary. Ritchie pleaded no contest in exchange for a sentence of seven years in prison and 10 years on probation. Ritchie last year asked for a judicial review, but a judge overruled the requested sentence modification.

According to the state pardon and parole board, Ritchie will appear on a re-entry docket before he is discharged into the community.

Roger N. Kimbrell was charged with prisoner placing body fluids on a government employee in 2012. He pleaded guilty and received six years in jail with four suspended. Prosecutors alleged Kimbrell, of Avon Lake, led police on a short pursuit before he was arrested. He is listed on the re-entry docket.

Fabian N. Aguilar was convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute in 2012 after pleading guilty. He received 10 years in prison with four suspended.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com