, Muskogee, OK

Local News

May 2, 2013

Driver to pay $4,279 restitution in crash that took man's leg

He's to start payments after he finishes prison sentence

— A Muskogee man sentenced to prison for a near-deadly crash was ordered to pay more than $4,000 in restitution Wednesday.

Charles Edwin Ruffin, 25, agreed to pay $4,279 to Robert Cruce, who was injured in the Jan. 16, 2012, crash. Cruce was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and lost his right leg.

Ruffin, who was intoxicated at the time, fled from the crash scene, at U.S. 69 and Military Boulevard. He was arrested shortly thereafter at a house in the 400 block of 18th Street.

Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney Tim King said the restitution was to cover Cruce’s health care expenses after the crash.

“While insurance paid for the majority, Mr. Cruce did have some out-of-pocket expenses, as well as costs for things such as his helmet and some riding pants he had on that day,” King said.

The restitution order states that Ruffin must begin payments of $100 each month 30 days after his release from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Ruffin agreed to a plea deal in February in which he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing a personal injury accident. In return, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, followed by 12 years of supervised release.

He also received concurrent sentences of 20 years — eight in prison and 12 suspended — on a charge of possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and an eight-year sentence on a count of child endangerment.

Cruce and his wife were in Associate District Judge Norman Thygesen’s courtroom briefly Wednesday, but they left before Ruffin entered. Ruffin has yet to be transferred to prison.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.