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November 7, 2013

Haskell man gets 40 years for rape

Honeycutt will have to serve at least 34 years before parole

A Haskell man who pleaded guilty to first-degree rape will be over 80 before he will be considered for parole.

Gary Lee Honeycutt, 48, was sentenced by District Judge Tom Alford Wednesday to 40 years in prison. Honeycutt pleaded guilty in Muskogee County District Court to first-degree rape of a teenage girl.

Honeycutt will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence — 34 years — before he is eligible for parole.

“He’d be 82 before he could get out,” said Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore.

Honeycutt was scheduled to have his case heard by a jury Wednesday, but opted to plead guilty and agreed to the 40-year sentence.

The rape happened just after midnight May 10. Honeycutt held a knife to an 18-year-old girl’s throat and raped her.  He told her that if she told anyone what had happened, he’d kill her and her father.

Honeycutt was arrested the next day after a brief manhunt in Wagoner County. He was booked into the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility where he has been held without bond.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Honeycutt has a criminal history extending back to May 24, 1989, when he was convicted of second-degree burglary in Stephens County. He was sentenced to two years.

He’s been convicted of six other crimes:

• Jan. 17, 1991, two counts for robbery by force in Stephens County. He was sentenced to one two-year and one three-year sentences.

• Aug. 13, 1998, for sodomy, first-degree rape, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Sequoyah County. Sentenced to two 20-year and one 10-year sentences. He served nearly 14 years in prison for that conviction.

• Oct. 20, 2008, for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Muskogee County, and he was sentenced to 10 years.

Honeycutt was released from prison Sept. 1, 2012.

“He wasn’t even out a year and this happened,” Moore said. “He’s just a habitual criminal.”

 Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

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