Mark Rhoads had been scheduled to enter a plea on June 30 in 35th District Court on burglary charges, but his escape last Sunday means plea bargain negotiations will start all over, a prosecutor said.
First Assistant District Attorney Sam Moss and Rhoads’ attorney, Rudy Taylor, declined to comment on specifics of a plea bargain that had been reached before Rhoads’ escaped. Rhoads, 43, was captured Wednesday in Lawton, Okla. and remains in custody there.
That plea bargain is “null and void,” Moss said.
“There will be additional consequences for his escape,” Moss said. “Whatever happens will have to include the new (escape) charge.”
Taylor said he was already anticipating that plea negotiations would have to begin again because of his client’s escape.
“Now I think we probably start over,” Taylor said. “He’s still my client. I would imagine that now the district attorney is going to renegotiate the plea bargain.
“I thought we had worked out a pretty good plea bargain based on what he was facing.”
Taylor said Rhoads had been scheduled to enter pleas to burglary of a habitation and burglary of a building. Because of Rhoads’ criminal history, Taylor said, he faced a sentencing range of 25 to 99 years or life in prison.
Moss said it’s unclear when Rhoads will be returned to Brown County, since he faces charges in Oklahoma. He said it may be a case in which Rhoads is not extradited until Oklahoma authorities are finished with his cases there.
“We’d like him to come back here now,” Moss said. “We want him back as soon as possible.”
Also in 35th District Court:
Jeffrey Garrett, also known as Christian Anthony Bickham, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Arthur Lee Brooks pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Brooks, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was revoked and sentenced to 18 months in state jail.
Tommy Glenn Wright pleaded guilty to theft over $1,500 under $20,000 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Sandra Elliott pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Patrick Neal McDaniel pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by felon and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Janetha Kay Brooks pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance in a drug free zone and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Ryan Lockwood pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity — assault and was sentenced to one year in state jail.
Aubry Nicole Clevenger, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was adjudicated and sentenced to 16 months in state jail.
Julius Leslie Stewart pleaded guilty to evading arrest and was sentenced to 16 months in state jail.
Eric Lee Morgan pleaded guilty to tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Xan Clarke Duncan pleaded guilty to terroristic threat and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Brian Edward Jarvis, on probation for assault against a public servant, was adjudicated and sentenced to five years in prison.
John Richard Burkhart pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a drug free zone and was sentenced to five years in prison.
David Dejesus Cardoza pleaded guilty to assault against a public servant and was sentenced to two years in prison.