MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 26, 2013

Warner man to pay $10K restitution

Castleberry to pay four residents for damage in wake of crime spree

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Warner man who pleaded guilty last month to a 2012 crime spree was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution Tuesday.

Jonathan David Castleberry, 34, agreed to pay $10,250 to four Warner residents who put in claims for damaged property. Castleberry appeared in Muskogee County District Judge Mike Norman’s court Tuesday afternoon, and signed the restitution paperwork while handcuffed to other prisoners.

Castleberry, who was sentenced to 20 years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Feb. 22, agreed to make payments of $150 each month after he’s released from prison. He’s set to serve eight years in prison, followed by 12 years of probation.

The earliest Castleberry will be eligible for parole — and able to begin his restitution payments— would be sometime in 2019. One of the crimes he pleaded guilty to last month, first-degree arson, is an 85 percent crime, meaning he must serve 85 percent of the sentence before parole is possible.

After Castleberry’s arrest in Warner on April 3, 2012, Warner Police Chief Terry Thompson outlined the trail of damage Castleberry left through the small town in southern Muskogee County.

Thompson said Castleberry stole a motor vehicle, then burglarized another. He then crashed the stolen vehicle into a ditch.

Thompson said Castleberry then stole items from a shed in the 400 block of Third Avenue, and set the back porch of that house on fire. The fire spread to the house.

He then burglarized and burned another vehicle, and burglarized three more houses. Castleberry was arrested a few hours later.

Castleberry pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to:

• First-degree arson.

• Third-degree arson.

• Three counts of second-degree burglary.

• Grand larceny.

• Larceny of an automobile.

• Larceny from a house.

• Escape from arrest or detention.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.