, Muskogee, OK

August 30, 2013

Dean gets life in slaying

Family says son’s death shattered lives

By Thad Ayers
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Tommy Lee Dean Jr. will be 59 before he’s eligible for parole for his involvement in the shooting death of Ryan Satterfield.

Dean, who was sentenced Thursday, shook his head and said “No” when District Judge Thomas Alford asked if he wanted to make a statement.

Dean, 21, was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. He will spend at least 38 years and three months in prison. Dean was convicted Aug. 16 of felony first-degree murder.

Satterfield, 17, was killed on Nov. 23, 2011 at a home in the 1500 block of East Okmulgee Avenue during a robbery Thanksgiving eve.

Brad Satterfield, Ryan’s father, said in court his holidays are now ruined.

“It’s just a day I hope passes. I don’t look forward to it like I used to,” said Satterfield through tears. “I used to love family holidays. Now it’s just another day.”

Satterfield glared at Dean as he walked to his seat.

Michelle Satterfield, Ryan’s mother, fought back tears and said her son’s death has changed her life.

“I no longer live here,” she said. “It’s too painful. I’ve left the area. I’ve switched jobs.”

A handful of Dean’s family and friends cried in the courtroom, though most of the room was filled with relatives and friends of the Satterfields.

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office barred several people affiliated with Dean from attending. Some had reportedly made threats to witnesses.

Sheriff Charles Pearson said security was doubled in response.

“Whether they’re real or not, this is a serious issue,” he said. “And we can’t have any leeway on this.”

Dean’s girlfriend was arrested in the courthouse hallways. Brea Sharell Glenn, 21, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer.

“She just jumped in the middle and kissed him,” Pearson said.

Signs in the courtroom say people cannot approach a prisoner and could face a fine.

Alford said the word “tragedy” is an apt description of this case.

“Mr. Dean has lost his family now,” said Alford, who also mentioned the Satterfields’ loss. “All from one senseless act.”

Public Defender Bobby Lewis, who is representing Dean, is expected to file an appeal.

Dean was more than a reluctant participant, said Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney Tim King in court.

“Mr. Dean told Mr. (Deandre Clark) to ‘Pop this one,’” King said.

Lewis asked the judge to show as much mercy as possible. He maintained there was “such a lack of credibility” in testimony given during proceedings.

Dean’s first trial ended with a hung jury in March. He is the last of six defendants facing charges in this case.

The other five have either been found guilty or pleaded guilty, including:

• Fredrick Watson, 19 — Found guilty of first-degree felony murder and is set for sentencing Oct. 14.

• Deandre Clark, 20 — Found guilty of shooting and killing Satterfield and sentenced in June to life in prison.

• Troy Dufur, 19 — Pleaded guilty to accessory to first-degree murder and is set for sentencing Sept. 16.

• Jordan Miller, 18 — Pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and is set for sentencing Sept. 16.

• Martin Miller, 20 — Pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and is set for sentencing Sept. 16.

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