Mabel L. Sanderson, 95

Born May 29, 1925

Died January 14, 2021

Bobby Lee Lyle, 65

Born October 1, 1955

Died January 13, 2021

Rico Robertson, 49

Born January 9, 1972

Died January 12, 2021

Sandra Hine, 91

Born August 17, 1929

Died January 11, 2021

Jimmy O'Dell, 82

Born June 21, 1938

Died January 10, 2021

Dale H. Garrigues Jr., 74

Born March 29, 1946

Died January 10, 2021

Estelle Nutt, 101

Born September 24, 1919

Died January 10, 2021


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 7:37 AM

Christopher Branton Melland

Christopher Branton Melland, 45, of Oktaha is charged in Muskogee County District Court with strangling his mother and threatening to kill her, according to documents filed with the case.

According to a police affidavit, on May 16, around 6 p.m., Melland wrapped and orange electrical cord around his mother’s neck and choked her until she couldn’t breathe. Police also allege he told his mother he would kill her and burn her belongings if she told anyone what happened.

Melland was convicted of domestic abuse - assault and battery previously in November 2017 and sentenced to a year in jail, with the sentence suspended. He’s also previously been convicted of endeavoring to manufacture controlled drugs, conspiracy to commit a felony, false personation, bribing an officer (two counts) and bringing contraband into a jail. He has received a total of 77 years in prison on those convictions.