Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and Verizon Host Used Phone Drive for Domestic Violence Victims
|District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas Establishes Hotline For Victims and Certain Eyewitnesses of the Homecoming Parade Incident
(Tuesday, November 3, 2015)
Kingfisher County Jury Recommends 11 Life Sentences for Man Convicted of Child Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault
Friday, November 6, 2015 - Yesterday, a Kingfisher County jury convicted Donald Jackson Fowler of raping and molesting his daughter and step daughter. The jury recommended Fowler receive 11 life sentences.
Fowler was charged in June of 2014 and January of 2015 with a total of 11 counts: four counts of lewd molestation, five counts of first degree rape, one count of rape by instrumentation, and one count of forcible oral sodomy. This abuse occurred over a 10 year period when the victims were between 8 and 19 years of age.
A jury trial began on Monday and concluded yesterday after the jurors deliberated for approximately 2 ½ hours and found Fowler guilty on all 11 counts and recommended a life sentence for each count. Fowler had prior felony convictions for manslaughter and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Under Oklahoma law, a life sentence is 45 years. Because of the nature and seriousness of the charges, Fowler will be required to serve at least 85% of his sentences before he can be considered for parole.
Fowler is set to be formally sentenced by Kingfisher County Associate District Judge Robert Davis on December 17, 2015.
The prosecutor in the case, Kingfisher County Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin, said, “I commend the victims in this case for coming forward and local law enforcement for conducting a thorough investigation. The jury should also be commended for diligently considering all of the evidence in rendering their verdict.”
District Attorney Mike Fields said, “Sexual assault leaves scars that last a lifetime. The jury’s verdict in this case reflects this reality and should ensure that Mr. Fowler is never again free to hurt a child. Justice was served.
For additional information contact Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin at 405-375-3893.
Law Enforcement to Testify in Tulsa on Senate Asset Forfeiture Study
OKLAHOMA CITY, September 1, 2015 -- Oklahoma's law enforcement community will be traveling to Tulsa Tuesday to educate the public and to address what some have called misinformation recently presented by the author of a controversial bill that may be considered in the 2016 Oklahoma Legislature.
SB 838 by Senator Kyle Loveless would make sweeping changes to the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws that law enforcement says would unnecessarily hinder their efforts and make Oklahoma a safe haven for drug cartels.
The Oklahoma Senate will conduct an official Interim Study in Tulsa on Tuesday to learn more about asset forfeiture procedures and the concerns of law enforcement.
Originally requested by Loveless, the Interim Study will be held at the Tulsa Police Department Academy. Late last week however, Loveless decided to withdraw from the Senate Study and will convene a ‘panel meeting’ at the State Capitol instead.
District Attorney Mike Fields said he wasn’t sure why the Tulsa location was apparently fine for Senator Loveless on an August 26th Facebook post but was not acceptable just two days later when he decided to withdraw from the Tulsa study. “The reason for Senator Loveless’ about face isn’t clear to me, but what is clear is that Oklahomans’ rights are not being violated by Oklahoma’s asset forfeiture laws and his bill will hinder Oklahoma’s prosecutors and law enforcement from targeting drug cartels and criminal street gangs in particular. We’re planning to participate in the official interim study as directed by the Oklahoma Senate.”
Specifically regarding the bill, Fields said, “It’s just common sense that drug dealers and traffickers shouldn’t be allowed to keep the money they make from selling drugs. They use the money they make to produce more drugs and destroy more lives and more families. They shouldn’t be allowed to profit from the devastation they cause. We’re opposed to any measure that will make it easier for them to do that, and that’s exactly what this bill will do.”
Presenting in opposition to the measure in Tulsa will be Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner and Governor’s Cabinet Secretary Michael Thompson, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, Tulsa Police Major Eric Dalgleish, Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West, District Attorney Fields, and others.
The Tulsa Police Academy is located at 6066 East 66th Street North in Tulsa. The law enforcement presentations are set to begin at 1:30 after those in favor of the legislation are allowed to speak in the morning. The public is encouraged to attend.
“Oklahoma’s prosecutors and law enforcement officers are offended by the assertion that we’re violating Oklahomans’ rights. We take our oaths to support, obey, and defend the Constitution very seriously. While it’s certainly odd to me that Senator Loveless is not participating in the interim study he requested, we’ll be there. We’re looking forward to showing the public why his bill is misguided,” Fields said.
Information Regarding Theft
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Law enforcement authorities continue to investigate the theft of a device belonging to the District Attorneys Council several months ago. We have no evidence that any information contained on the device has been accessed. However, please feel free to contact our Victims Services Division with any questions or concerns.
DAC Does State Charitable Campaign
The DAC kicked off the State Charitable Campaign on Wednesday, October 15th 2014 by volunteering at the Regional Food Bank. DAC staff members filled 394 Holiday Pantry boxes, which will provide over 9,000 meals to hungry families this holiday season! Other campaign events included an office-wide book fair and garage sale. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
What is the State Charitable Campaign?
The State Charitable Campaign (SCC) was created in 1989 and provides a vehicle for state employees to extend their public service and help improve our communities! The SCC is a combined charitable solicitation that provides employees of the State of Oklahoma with a convenient and responsible system which will allow them to contribute through payroll deduction to several fully accountable private nonprofit social, health, and welfare organizations on a voluntary basis.
The State Charitable Campaign is governed by the Oversight Committee for State Employee Charitable Contributions (OCSECC), comprised of state employee appointees. The OCSECC, acting as the campaign’s board of directors, approves charities to participate, oversees campaign procedures, and contracts with a non-profit organization to manage the campaign annually.
If you or your office would like more information about the SCC, please contact Meagan Conway at the DAC:
Meagan.email@example.com or 405-264-5000