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Woman Sentenced to 12-Years for Marijuana Released From Prison
It was a welcome home two years in
the making. Today marked the end of a prison sentence for an entire
Patricia Spottedcrow welcomed her children home from school, surprising them as
they got off the bus in front of the family's home. The reunion was one
of laughter, cheers and tears. Spottedcrow says her entire family served
the sentence with her as she struggled to stay in contact with the four little children
while she was serving time in the women's prison.
Spottedcrow went to prison in December of 2010. She was sentenced to more
than a decade behind bars for selling a small amount of marijuana. It was
a mistake, but one Spottdcrow says she never knew would thrust her into the
Spottedcrow's sentence brought national attention to Oklahoma's tough
sentencing rules for drug offenses. Spottedcrow says she hopes her case
brings about reforms for other women in prison. She says women in prison
are not given the same opportunities to work off their sentences and she was
not given alternative sentencing options prior to prison.
Attorneys volunteered their time to help get her sentence reduced. A
review of similar crimes in Kingfisher County revealed other similar crimes
resulted in less severe sentences. Laura Deskin, Spottedcrow's current
attorney, says her release was a victory that Spottedcrow earned through two
years of hard work.
The pardon and parole board recommended early release and the Governor signed
off on the release after adding a community sentencing requirement.
Posted: Thursday, November 29 2012, 09:51 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Oklahoma lawmakers applaud Altus AFB training unit
May 23, 2013 20:35 GMT
ALTUS, Okla. (AP) -- Southwestern Oklahoma lawmakers are applauding the selection of Altus Air Force Base as the first formal training unit for the Air Force's new KC-46 air refueling tanker.
Sen. Mike Schulz of Altus said Thursday that the training unit will be good for the region's economy. Schulz says the unit means new construction jobs and additional positions for maintenance and technical support.
Rep. Charles Ortega of Altus says the Altus base's selection is a positive reflection not only on the base, but on the community and the state.
The Air Force plans to buy 179 KC-46 aircraft in the first part of a three-step plan to replace existing refueling aircraft. The new aircraft will have more refueling capacity and will be more efficient.
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