Porter Man found Guilty for First Degree Arson, and three separate counts of Cruelty to Animals
October 24, 2017

Jack Thorp, District Attorney for District 27 and Wagoner County announced, Charles Smith, 43, of Porter, was found guilty to the crimes of First Degree Arson, and three separate counts of Cruelty to Animals on the evening of October 24, 2017 at the Wagoner County Courthouse.  The Wagoner jury hearing the matter recommended that Smith serve eighteen (18) years for First Degree Arson, and three (3) years for each of the three counts of Cruelty to Animals. District Judge Thomas H. Alford presided over this case and set formal sentencing for December 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM. 

On May 20, 2014, Smith intentionally set a house on fire located in Porter, OK. The house, as well as, the contents of the residence was totally lost in the fire. The Wagoner County Sheriff and the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal conducted the investigation. Also found on the scene, were a horse and two dogs shot to death.

District Attorney Thorp stated, “I want to commend the jury for their thoughtful deliberations in this matter.  First Assistant District Attorney Josh King tried the case on behalf of the State of Oklahoma and did a very good job presenting this matter.  I also want to commend the excellent investigation of Sheriff Chris Elliott’s office and the work of Investigator Danny Elliott and State Fire Marshal Terry Ferrel.”  

 

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