Jo Elaine Sproule, 68

Born December 29, 1950

Died August 20, 2019

Georgia Belle Waggoner, 85

Born October 3, 1933

Died August 19, 2019

John W. Shiew, 75

Born September 19, 1943

Died August 18, 2019


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Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 7:26 PM

John Vernon DuBiel

John Vernon Dubiel, 72, will have lots of time to study the law while he’s serving his year sentence, which was handed down today by Muskogee judge Norman Thygeson after Dubiel duped several people into thinking he was an attorney.

DuBiel entered a blind plea — which means no deal had been made with prosecutors — and said people were confused because he was working with attorneys. None of the attorneys he named would confirm that he was working with them. He was convicted of obtaining money by false pretenses.

After admonishing him about the damage such practices can do to clients and society, Thygeson sentenced DuBiel to a year in county jail.