MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Local News

January 13, 2013

Plea agreement sends pair to prison on kidnapping count

— TAHLEQUAH — Two men entered plea agreements in Cherokee County District Court in exchange for prison sentences on kidnapping charges.

Bobby Gene Bechtol, 43, of Tahlequah and Harley Wayne Scott, 23, of Fort Gibson each faced two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of kidnapping.

In the plea agreements, the weapons charges were dismissed, as were one kidnapping charge each.

Bechtol pleaded guilty to the remaining charge of kidnapping in exchange for eight years in prison, followed by seven years of probation. Scott pleaded no contest to the charge and received six years in prison and four years of probation.

Prosecutors alleged the men held two women inside a home in April in an attempt to get money from them.

Police said the women apparently owed the men a small amount of money. When the women said they didn’t have the cash, the men, not believing the women, made them strip.

When Scott took one woman out to search her car for money, she escaped, an affidavit states.

Scott was convicted in 2008 as a youthful offender of child maiming and child neglect for injuring his infant son. He received a seven-year deferred sentence.

An application to revoke Scott’s deferred sentence was filed in Muskogee County District Court. The revocation hearing is pending, court records show.

Bechtol has numerous convictions for burglary, theft and weapons offenses.

1
Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks