2 Rogers County officials plead guilty in separate cases
CLAREMORE — A Rogers County judge has dismissed the felony conspiracy case against two former Rogers County commissioners accused of trying to defraud the county while in office, but both men entered pleas to misdemeanor charges in separate but related cases.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office issued an indictment against 48-year-old Kirt Thacker in July 2015 based on a multicounty grand jury investigation that implicated him and another commissioner, 57-year-old Michael Helm, in the possible misuse of county property.
But court records show the indictments against Thacker and Helm were dismissed pursuant to plea agreements they reached in their other cases.
Thacker on Monday entered an Alford plea — which means he maintains his innocence but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence to make a finding of guilt — to “obtaining a thing of value” less than $500. He was originally accused of two counts of felony embezzlement.
Court minutes indicate District Judge Terry McBride imposed a sixmonth suspended jail sentence during which Thacker will not be under supervised probation.