A Shawnee man arrested after leading deputies in a pursuit with two children in his pickup entered a guilty plea to an endangering charge Thursday and received a 10-year suspended sentence.
Robert Dale Almon, 32, appeared in Pottawatomie County District Court, where he was sentenced in two separate cases. One of them involved an incident that began on July 3.
Deputies went to the home of Almon’s relatives in the Bethel Acres area about noon that day to serve an arrest warrant for assault with a dangerous weapon.
Almon, driving a pickup, allegedly fled through a nearby pasture. Deputies initiated — but quickly called off — a pursuit of Almon’s pickup when they discovered two children were passengers, one of them Almon’s 3-year-old daughter along with a 10-year-old child reported to be a family friend The incident prompted an Amber Alert to be issued. Hours passed before the boy was safely dropped off at a home in McLoud that evening. Almon and his daughter were found the following day in Norman and Almon was arrested and jailed on numerous complaints.
Almon was formally charged with endangering others while eluding a police officer for that incident. He also was initially charged with kidnapping of the family friend but that count was previously dismissed in this case.
Almon’s guilty plea to the endangering count resulted in the 10-year suspended sentence, which also runs concurrently with the unrelated assault with a dangerous weapon count.
Almon, who was released from the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Thursday, will be on Oklahoma Court Services probation.
Court records show an unrelated child abuse by injury case filed against Almon also has been dismissed. Almon was accused, on or about March 15, of injuring his 3-year-old child by allegedly using a cigarette lighter to burn the foot of the child. A document in that case file shows the charge was dismissed because of an inability to link the defendant to the injury.