An 18-year-old Shawnee man who was arrested in a Lincoln County murder plot investigation involving his teen girlfriend's family was formally charged Monday with five felony counts.
Zachary Shane Sligar, 18, was charged with two counts of shooting with intent to kill and three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He remains jailed in the Lincoln County jail; his next court date is scheduled Aug. 6.
Charges stem from an alleged murder plot to kill a family while they slept, with the mother suffering a gunshot wound to the face and hand during the ordeal.
The shooting occurred at 344714 E. Highway 18B, which is located east of SH 18 in the Sparks community.
A 15-year-old girl who lived in the home, along with Sligar, were both arrested in the case, said Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty.
Deputies received a 911 call about 12:01 a.m. July 20 from Sherman Crneckiy about a shooting at his address on East Highway 18B.
In that call, Crneckiy, calmly gave dispatchers his address.
“We don’t know what happened – we think my wife may have just gotten shot in the face....we were just woken up by an explosion,” the caller said.
The sheriff said their first unit was on scene at 12:11 a.m., and the EMS and Fire Department was dispatched at that time for a 56 year-old female that was shot in the face and hand.
The investigation led deputies to believe the 15-year-old girl and her boyfriend “plotted a triple homicide,” Dougherty said, which was supposed to occur after everyone went to bed.
Sligar was allegedly going to shoot and kill both the mother and the father of the female teen, and the 15 year-old girl was to shoot and kill her 24-year-old sister who stays in a travel trailer on the same property, he reported.
The alleged murder plot stemmed from reports that Sligar and the teen wanted to be free as a couple. Sligar told deputies that earlier that evening, his girlfriend had conversations with her mother, Beverly Diane Crneckiy, about her going through the process to become an emancipated adult so the two could run away together, Dougherty said. That conversation ended with the mother’s disapproval, the sheriff said.
So Sligar and teen girl came up with a plan to kill the family and take off toward Bartlesville, an affidavit shows.
Both were armed with handguns. Sligar entered the parents’ bedroom and shot at the father first and missed, Dougherty said, then shot one time at the mother, with that bullet striking her in the face and hand.
An arrest affidavit shows that Sligar told investigators he pulled the trigger once toward the father, then mother, but after the second shot, the firearm malfunctioned and he saw the father jump up out of bed.
Sligar fled the home and returned to his residence in Pottawatomie County, where task force officers took him into custody. The teen girl stayed and was taken into custody at the home. The OSBI was contacted to assist with the scene in Lincoln County.
The mother is expected to recover from her injuries.
There's been no word yet on charges for the 15-year-old girl, but she could be charged as a youthful offender, prosecutors said.
Watch for updates.