Tahlequah Daily Press

January 18, 2013

Plea deal will put man in jail on weekdays

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man is set to spend five days a week in the Cherokee County Detention Center for the next eight months as part of a guilty plea on child-pornography charges.

James Allen Rice, 44, appeared before Special District Judge Sandy Crosslin Thursday afternoon and was sentenced to one year in jail followed by a 16-year suspended sentence, in exchange for his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

Rice was given credit for time already served in jail, and he’ll serve the balance of his sentence over the next eight months by checking himself into CCDC every Monday morning. On Friday evenings, Rice will be released for the weekend.

Rice was also ordered to pay fines and costs, and to be under supervision of pardon and parole officials. He will be forced to comply with sex-offender registry requirements.

Crosslin, while explaining to Rice the terms of his plea agreement, warned him of the conditions of probation and penalties that could be enforced if he ever violates the rules.

“If you violate any of these rules, the deal is, ... your deal can be revoked,” Crosslin said. “One rule violation could send you to prison for 16 years. If [prosecutors] prove [a violation], I send you to prison.”

Rice was arrested last April after some 350 computer floppy disks were found containing what were estimated to be several thousand photographs depicting child pornography.