Robbery and Drug Manufacturing Defendant Sentenced to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
November 24, 2014

              Prosecutorial District 27 – Wagoner, Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah Counties. District Attorney Brian Kuester announced the conviction and sentencing of Jack Lee Weems in Cherokee County Case Numbers CF-2014-326 and CF-2014-458 on November 17, 2014.

             Weems, age 24, was charged in CF-2014-326 on August 13, 2014 with Endeavoring to Manufacture Methamphetamines, Eluding a Police Officer, Running a Roadblock, Driving a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Drugs, Robbery, and several traffic charges. These were the result of his actions on July 14, 2014 that began at Wal-Mart in Tahlequah where Weems stole packets of cold medication and then displayed a knife in a threatening manner to a store employee to avoid apprehension. Tahlequah Police Officer Chase Reed promptly responded to the scene, but Weems refused to stop his car.  Following a pursuit Weems was arrested and found to possess items used to manufacture methamphetamines.

            On October 26, 2014, while being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center, Weems battered a cell mate, resulting in Weems being charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery in CF-2014-458.

            On October 17, 2014 pursuant to a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Weems was sentenced to a term of 20 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, with the final six years of that term being suspended. Assistant District Attorney Doug Dry prosecuted the case.

            Kuester commented on the cases and their disposition, “Mr. Weems put many lives in jeopardy on August 13th. He displayed a knife in a threatening manner to a Wal-Mart employee, he refused to stop for police, even running through a roadblock, and he drove recklessly on a busy roadway in an attempt to avoid arrest. His conviction and sentencing holds him accountable for his actions and it protects the public from his criminal behavior for many years.”

            When asked if it was unusual to get this sort of a sentence by way of plea agreement instead of jury trial, Kuester said, “Plea agreements are a necessary part of our system since we only have jurors available to hear cases about 6 weeks a year in each of the District 27 Counties. Because most of the cases that go to trial take a week to try, it is only possible for jurors to hear a small percentage of the cases that we file. But we are able to reach plea agreements that are in the interest of the communities that we serve.  I attribute our ability to reach good plea agreements, such as this one with Weems, to thorough and professional law enforcement investigations and the success that this office has had in trials over the last four years.”

            The agencies that contributed to the apprehension of Weems and the investigations that lead to his conviction were the Tahlequah Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherokee County Detention Center. Kuester concluded, “I thank those officers and the agencies that they work for.  It was those agencies working together to apprehend Weems, and the officers’ investigation and reporting of their investigation that allowed the District Attorney’s Office to successfully bring swift justice in these cases.”

            Brian Kuester is the District Attorney for Oklahoma Prosecutorial District 27, which serves Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner Counties.

 

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