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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee man sentenced in traffic death of McLoud teenager

  • A Shawnee man charged with first-degree manslaughter in the 2010 traffic-related death of a McLoud teen has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case.
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  • A Shawnee man charged with first-degree manslaughter in the 2010 traffic-related death of a McLoud teen has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case.
    Wyatt Weston Worlund, 22, was sentenced in Pottawatomie County District Court to serve 10 years, suspended, except for the first year which is to be served in the county jail.
    He is accused, on or about Oct. 1, 2010, and without a premeditated design, of causing the death of Haylee Shyanne White, 17, while he was driving a 2008 Ford on U.S. 270, about 1.2 miles east of McLoud Road, charges read.
    Worlund will serve the one-year term, then will have nine years out of jail on suspension, with the first two years after his release on supervision probation through the district attorney's office. He also was ordered to comply to drug and alcohol assessments and serve on a Victim's Impact Panel.
    Worlund was sentenced after withdrawing a previous not guilty plea and then pleading guilty before District Judge John Canavan. He was immediately taken into custody and is now serving his one-year term in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
    Charges in the case allege Worlund was driving under the influence of intoxicating substances when he drove his vehicle into a 1992 Ford Mustang being driven by White, who died at the scene of that crash.
    Worlund, who suffered injuries in the collision, was hospitalized and treated at OU Medical Center.
    In connection with this case, a Newalla man, Kenneth Shaun Denton, 32, was charged with the felony of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Charges alleged Denton provided alcohol that night to Worlund, who was under age 21 on Oct. 1, 2010.

    A probable cause affidavit with the original case showed Denton was working as manager of Mazzio's Pizza in McLoud on the night of the accident, where Worlund also was employed. They were allegedly consuming alcohol there and the crash reportedly occurred minutes after Worlund left work that night.
    Denton was sentenced in May to serve a five-year suspended sentence on the furnishing alcohol charge and is under district attorney supervision. He also was ordered to pay a fine, serve community service, comply with drug and alcohol testing and participate in a Victim's Impact Panel.
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