2 Rogers County of­fi­cials plead guilty in sep­a­rate cases

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - Tulsa World saman­tha.vicent@tul­saworld.com BY SAMAN­THA VICENT

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.

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