Tahlequah Daily Press

August 21, 2013

Threats net suspended sentence

Ross enters plea of no contest to charges

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

A Tahlequah man accused of wielding a machete and threatening to kill several people last December has been handed suspended sentences.

Bobby Joe Ross, 49, entered a no-contest plea in June, and a presentence investigation was ordered.

As part of the agreement, Ross has now been given six-month suspended sentences for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, threatening to perform acts of violence, and malicious injury to property.

He was given a two-year suspension for placing bodily fluids on a government employee, and a five-year suspension for assault and battery on a police officer. Ross was also ordered to pay costs and to be under the supervision of probation officials.

Tahlequah police arrested Ross Dec. 22, 2012, when he allegedly attempted to stab the tires on a woman’s vehicle with a kitchen knife, then wielded a machete and began to move toward officers while he raised the weapon.

A Cherokee Nation marshal who was also on the scene then deployed his taser on Ross, who allegedly continued to fight with officers and make death threats toward several people, including police.

Court records show Ross acknowledged, as part of the no-contest plea, that a jury could find him guilty of the charges.