Clarence Earl Bradford, 50, of Muskogee was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Mike Norman this morning.
Bradford entered a blind plea of guilty to multiple counts of robbery with a knife. During the sentencing hearing, Assistant District Attorney Nalani Ching argued passionately that Bradford should spend the rest of his life in jail.
“He should never breathe free air again,” she said, recounting the lingering terror his victims displayed. “He is a predator, he needs to be locked up.”
Bradford had an extensive criminal conviction history in North Carolina and in Oklahoma. Norman agreed with Ching, telling Bradford, “Your criminal history is terrible. You are a threat to society wherever you are.”
Norman sentenced him to two life sentences in prison, both of which will run concurrently, and both of which he must serve 85 percent of before he is eligible for any kind of release.
David Neil Dunn, 36, was also sentenced to life in prison for his role in a home invasion robbery in 2016. He entered a blind plea of guilty to the charges, and during the sentencing hearing before Norman, Ching argued that Dunn’s victims were forever changed for the worse.
“I’m afraid to be alone in my own home,” one of the victims said in a statement read by Ching to the court. ”(My spouse) has to stand at the bathroom door while I shower because I’m afraid to be alone. I have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
Dunn staked out the family’s home and lay in wait for them to come home at night time, where he assaulted them with a gun, zip-tied them and then tied them to chairs with a vacuum cleaner cord while telling them he was going to kill them and that they needed to tell him where “all your stuff” was.
“You have taken my ambition away,” one of the victims recounted in a statement. “I don’t care to go to work and earn anything anymore, because you or people like you are just waiting to take it away.”
After gathering all the goods he could — including the wife’s wedding ring, which he jerked off her hand — Dunn stole a Cadillac, poking his head back into the door and telling the couple to “behave.” He then led police on a car chase whose speeds reached 120 miles per hour, ending in Porter, where police found the Cadillac wrecked—and a glove with Dunn’s DNA inside.
“He still refuses to identify his conspirator,” Ching told the court. “He deserves to spend the rest of his life in a cell, being afraid every time he hears a noise. He says he wants treatment, but I don’t know any treatment for evil.”
Norman sentenced Dunn, who also had an extensive criminal history, to two life terms in prison, 20 years on a kidnapping charge, 10 years and five years, all to be served consecutively. He must serve 85 percent of the terms before he will be eligible for any kind of release.
“I’m going to make sure you die in prison if I can,” Norman said while sentencing Dunn. “I’m going to do my best to make sure this family doesn’t have to worry about you anymore. I wish you could have gotten straight. I wish you could have gotten a job. But life’s a bitch, I guess, and that didn’t happen.”