January 13, 2013

Plea agreement sends pair to prison on kidnapping count

January 13, 2013 Phoenix staff and wire reports

— 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.

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