MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 23, 2013

Warner man admits string of crimes

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Warner man pleaded guilty Friday to a crime spree last spring that involved burglaries and arsons.

Jonathan David Castleberry, 34, pleaded guilty 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.

Castleberry was sentenced to 20 years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, with eight years of incarceration and the rest of the time on probation, Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said.

Castleberry was arrested April 3, 2012, after he left a trail of destruction through Warner.

Warner Police Chief Terry Thompson said Castleberry stole a motor vehicle and then burglarized another. He then crashed the stolen vehicle into a ditch.

Then, Thompson said, Castleberry stole items from a shed at 402 Third Ave. and set the back porch of a house at the address on fire. The blaze spread to the house.

Castleberry then burglarized and burned another vehicle, then burglarized three more houses. Thompson said that when a homeowner confronted Castleberry, he ran away. He was arrested about two hours later. He resisted officers and was subdued by a Taser.

Moore said Castleberry is set for a March 27 restitution hearing, where prosecutors will request he pay back the damage he caused to his victims.

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