Stachmus found Guilty of
Murder in the First Degree:
On March 5, 2008 Prosecutors for the State of Oklahoma Jim B. Miller, District
Attorney and J. Michael Miller, Assistant District Attorney began to present
evidence to a Pittsburg County jury alleging that Michael Erick Stachmus
murdered his wife, Regina Stachmus. The State of Oklahoma presented over 40
witnesses in the span of a week and a half. The defendant presented his defense
on the afternoon of March 13. On March 14, 2008 the case was submitted to the
jury for deliberation. After approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes the jury returned
with a verdict of Guilty and a sentence recommendation of Life without Parole.
Formal sentencing is set for April 23, 2008.
Pittsburg & Haskell County
It is the
mission of the
Office to repre-sent
the people of
District 18, to
help provide a
for all, to hold
their crimes and
to insure that no
victim is left be-hind.
We will up-hold
the law and
the State of
Richard L. Hull
2008 Vol. 1
Pittsburg County Drug Court is now in full operation. Pittsburg
County will be graduating its first 4 participants from drug court
in April. A ceremony will be held at the Pittsburg County Court-house
with Governor Brad Henry planning on attending.
Pittsburg County: In June 2004 the State of Oklahoma convicted Franklin Gibbs on Count 1: Murder
in the First Degree and Count 2: Possession of Firearm After Former Conviction. The Defendant
was sentenced to Count 1: Life without Parole and Count 2: fifty (50) years. On appeal the Defen-dant
received a new trial. In November of 2006 the defendant was tried again. This time a jury
found him guilty and sentenced him to Count 1: Life without Parole and Count 2: Life.
Pittsburg County: In June 2007 Randy Gray was found
guilty by a Jury of committing Oral Sodomy, Lewd or
Indecent Proposals, Lewd Display of Pornography, First
Degree Rape by Instrumentation and Lewd Molestation
and was sentenced to a total of seventy (70) years in the
Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Pittsburg County: On November 29, 2007 Christo-pher
Vickers entered a plea of Guilty to the charges
of 2 Counts of Shooting with intent to Kill, Posses-sion
of a Firearm after Conviction, and Attempting
to Elude an Officer. He was sentenced to a total of
forty (40) years for shooting at the police and at-tempting
to elude officers.
Pittsburg County: On September 1, 2006 Jona Ann Montgomery committed the crime of
Murder in the Second Degree. Defendant Montgomery was speeding down a residential street
on a football game night in McAlester, Oklahoma. Testimony in the case said that the defen-dant
had been drinking and exceeded 60 miles per hour. The defendant was driving down the
road approximately five minutes before the end of the ballgame. Several people were already
walking to their vehicles. The defendant struck a vehicle that was parked on the side of the
road and two children with her vehicle. Both children were severely injured, one child passed
away shortly after. The defendant was found guilty by a jury in November 2007 and was sen-tenced
to Life for the immanently dangerous conduct and evincing a depraved mind in ex-treme
disregard for human life!
Haskell County: On September 11, 2007 Val Wilkerson was found guilty by a jury for the crime of Rape by
Instrumentation. The defendant was sentenced to 30 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
On July 11, 2007 Joseph Barnes pled guilty to the charges of Rape in the First Degree and Rape in the Second
Degree and was sentenced to 30 years with the last 15 years suspended.
District Attorney, Jim B. Miller; Assistant District
Attorney, Lisa Birdwell and Assistant Victim Wit-ness
Coordinator, Donna Ford attended a Confer-ence
on Crimes Against Women, February 11-13,
2008 in Dallas, TX. This was the Third Annual
Conference on Crimes Against Women. The goal
of this Conference was to address the wide scope
of crimes against women and meet the training
needs of all involved. The Conference on Crimes
Against Women provided law enforcement and
prosecutors the tools they need to successfully in-vestigate
and prosecute those perpetrators that vic-timize
women. By working with advocates from
across the country we can create a society that
promotes safety and zero tolerance against these
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK
April 13-19, 2008
JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS——JUSTICE FOR ALL
BACKGROUND: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an annual observance to bring the
victim assistance community together to raise public awareness about victims’ rights, protec-tions,
This year’s theme, “Justice for Victims. Justice for All” evokes the ideals that support our sys-tem
of justice and inspire our nation’s quest for equity. It declares that justice for all cannot be
achieved without justice for victims of crime.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week serves to remind us that crime can strike anyone.
Whether it’s a drive by shooting, a campus massacre, an act of terrorism, or a crippling identity
theft, we are all vulnerable to crime. In this sense, victims’ rights are everyone’s rights. As we
celebrate our successes, assess our progress, and prepare for our next set of challenges, we re-member
that justice for victims promotes justice for all.
Felony Crimes 705
Misdemeanor Crimes 1078
Juvenile Cases 227
Traffic Cases 3507
Cases filed in Pittsburg
County in 2007
District 18 Narcotics Task Force Agents
were hired in October 2007. Since they
have been hired they have been in-volved
in over sixty (60) felony drug
related arrests involving mid to high
level drug trafficking.
115 East Carl Albert Parkway
McAlester, OK 74501
202 East Main
Stigler, OK 74462
The Pittsburg County District Attorney’s Office along with the
Pittsburg County Court Clerk and Judges are anticipating moving
into the “temporary” courthouse located across the street from
the current courthouse in mid June, 2008. The District Attorney’s
Office will be located in the basement of the building.
The entrance to the District Attorney’s Office is located in the al-ley
on the south side of the building.
This will be the new courthouse, once it has been
renovated, The District Attorney’s Office will no longer
be inside the courthouse but in the building below.
Most people, when beaten or intimidated
by someone in their family, feel helpless,
afraid, embarrassed and guilty. These emo-tions,
plus a belief that what happened was
not really a crime, often keep victims from
taking any action.
Call 911 or leave immediately if you feel
you are in danger. If relatives won’t help,
seek a shelter. Call McAlester CARE Cen-ter
Keep torn or bloodied clothing and go to
the emergency room for treatment. Get
names, addresses, and phone numbers of
Report to Police
Report the assault to police as soon as pos-sible.
Officers will investigate to see
whether they can make an arrest.
Don’t Leave Children
If you have children, don’t leave them
alone with the batterer. They may also be
in danger of abuse.
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