Sentencing for a Tahlequah man who pleaded no contest to snatching a woman's purse two years ago at Keetoowah Casino has been delayed.

Associate District Judge Darrell Shepherd, of Wagoner County, moved the sentencing date for Cody Lee Harris, 33, to 9 a.m. Feb. 8. It was originally set for Dec. 20.

Harris, represented by Stilwell attorney Rex Earl Starr, stood before Shepherd Nov. 29 and entered his plea to robbery by force and fear. Harris, Starr and Assistant District Attorney Josh King have no plea agreement in the case, and Harris entered what is known as a "blind plea."

Harris was charged in 2005 with grabbing Janis Rieks' purse while she was at the casino. He was identified by police, and charges were filed.

Rieks filed a victim impact statement, saying she fears for her safety to this date. She still has medical problems stemming from the robbery.

King requested a pre-sentence investigation be conducted on Harris, and Shepherd granted the request. The sentencing delay is believed to be to allow appropriate time for completion of the pre-sentence investigation.

Rieks told the court she will never mentally get over what happened to her that day in 2005 at the casino.

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