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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Defendant in shooting, robbery pleads guilty to avoid trial

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    A Shawnee man pleaded guilty to three felony charges Wednesday to avoid a jury trial in Pottawatomie County and was sentenced to serve time in prison.
    Solomon Wayne Grass, 35, was charged with shooting with intent to kill, first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm after former conviction.
    Grass was set for a jury trial this term but instead chose to withdraw his not guilty plea on Wednesday and was formally sentenced.
    He was charged in connection with a robbery and shooting incident that occurred one year ago at a home on Eden Street.
    Grass was accused of pointing, aiming and firing a pistol at Frank Bowlin, 34, with intent to kill him on May 16, 2012, charges read.
    Grass also was accused of robbing and taking away Bowlin’s wallet, cash, a laptop computer and other personal property without his consent by shooting him in the neck, the charge shows.
    Shawnee police investigated this case. Bowlin was hospitalized after receiving wounds to his neck and back after three suspects reportedly entered his home.
    The original police report shows three men — two of them wearing masks — went into Bowlin’s house through the front door and demanded money.
    Bowlin was allegedly shot by one of the suspects who brandished a revolver, the report shows, while one suspect had a baseball bat and the other had a knife. As events unfolded in Bowlin’s living room, he was shot, according to the report.
    He was first taken by a witness to then-Unity Health Center and transferred to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment of his wounds.
    According to court records, Grass was sentenced Wednesday to serve 15 years with the Department on Correction in the robbery and shooting counts, and also was sentenced to serve 25 years behind bars for possessing a firearm after a former felony conviction.
    Grass will be jailed at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until his transfer to DOC custody.
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    In an unrelated case, another defendant avoided a jury trial Wednesday by changing his plea.
    Aaron Spooner, 32, Tecumseh, pleaded guilty to felony malicious injury to property over $1,000, along with misdemeanors of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a weapon. In the felony, he was sentenced to seven years with DOC, with one year to be served in the county jail and the remaining six years on supervised probation, records show. Spooner was given credit for jail time served since September and will serve the remainder of his term the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
    Spooner also was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.
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