A Cherokee County man entered a plea agreement with prosecutors this week and avoided a scheduled jury trial.
Chuck Allen Eastham, 39, was charged in June 2010 with two felony counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, feloniously pointing a firearm, and malicious injury to property. His trial was tentatively set to begin this week.
Authorities alleged Eastham was armed with a pool cue and ax handle during a “standoff” with police outside of his float business on State Highway 10. They also alleged he pointed a gun at law enforcement the same evening, and with his vehicle, hit the truck of an Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission ranger.
Eastham this week pleaded no contest and received three years suspended with a year of supervision by the District Attorney for one of the assault-and-battery counts, while the second assault and battery was reduced to resisting arrest. Eastham was ordered to pay fines and costs on the reduced charge.
Charges of feloniously pointing a firearm and malicious injury to property were dismissed, court documents show.
Prosecutors this week also dismissed a felony charge of intimidating a witness, which was filed against Eastham several months after the June 2010 incident. Authorities alleged Eastham threatened to discredit former OSRC Ranger Stephanie Stephens as untruthful.
Stephens was listed as a state’s witness in the assault case from June 2010. Eastham reportedly made a statement, at the time, that he would “hate to bring up” that Stephens lied about him in a previous case, though Stephens said Eastham had his facts confused and she didn’t lie.
Court documents filed in the intimidation case indicated Eastham and OSRC rangers had a “strained relationship.”
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