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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Man sentenced to 15 years in manslaughter case

  • A Choctaw man charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of another driver in a 2012 traffic accident in Tecumseh pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.
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  • A Choctaw man charged with first-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of another driver in a 2012 traffic accident in Tecumseh pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison.
    Robert Allan McCarty, 57, appeared in Pottawatomie County District Court for the felony docket and entered his guilty plea. He waived a pre-sentence investigation and was sentenced by District Judge John Canavan. In addition to the prison term, McCarty will pay $10,000 in restitution to cover funeral expenses for the man who died.
    McCarty was accused of causing the death of Larry Denzel Williamson, 62, of Oklahoma City.
    Charges in the case allege McCarty was engaged in the misdemeanor offense of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol while driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup at SH 9 and Harrison Road on the night of Jan. 26, 2012.
    According to the charges, McCarty had a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more while driving the pickup head-on into a 1991 Cadillac being driven by Williamson, who died at the scene.
    The crash occurred on the two-lane divided section of SH 9, slightly east of the U.S. 177 interchange.
    McCarty, who also was injured in the crash, was taken from the scene by ambulance to Shawnee’s hospital for treatment of his injuries.
    For charges in an unrelated DUI case, McCarty received a suspended sentence to run consecutively to the manslaughter term.
    McCarty will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he is transferred to the Department of Corrections.
     
     
     
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