By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in state prison after pleading no contest for his role in a New Year’s Day 2020 stabbing.
Christopher Byron Raymond, 41, was sentenced Jan. 29 in Canadian County District Court after his plea to a felony charge of assault and battery by means likely to produce death.
Special Judge Khristan Strubhar accepted a plea agreement between prosecutors and the defense.
The defendant received a 30-year suspended sentence, except for the first 15 years to serve in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Raymond was given credit for time served in the Canadian County Jail in El Reno. He’s been housed there since being booked Jan. 7, 2020.
After his release from state custody, Raymond will be supervised by DOC while on probation. He was ordered to pay a victim’s compensation assessment and court costs.
Raymond is represented by public defender Craig Corgan. Assistant District Attorney Austin Murrey prosecuted the case.
Raymond had faced life in prison after being charged in January 2020 with assault and battery by means likely to produce death, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and maiming.
Raymond stabbed another Yukon man “with a knife in the neck with force likely to produce death” and “without justifiable or excusable cause,” court documents show.
The defendant was accused of “inflicting physical injury” upon his victim “with a premeditated design to injure, maim and commit mayhem on the (victim’s) body by slashing and stabbing him with a knife that resulted in severe scarring on his neck and hands.”
A jury trial had been set March 1 before District Judge Jack D. McCurdy.
HIDING OUT AT HOTEL
Raymond was arrested by Yukon Police five days after a stabbing occurred Jan. 1, 2020 at a home in the 1000 block of Cambridge Drive.
The incident was detailed in a Yukon police incident report.
Police officers found an adult male with “multiple cuts and stab wounds” to his arms and chest. The victim was taken by ambulance to OU Medical Center in critical condition.
Witnesses told investigators two male roommates at the residence were drinking alcohol when an argument occurred between them. This led to a physical altercation, at which time Raymond used a knife to cut and stab the victim.
Raymond fled before medical personnel and police arrived on the scene. Police later received an anonymous tip as to his location.
Officers encountered Raymond at about 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 2020 at the Studio 6 Extended Stay Hotel, 4601 S.W. 3rd in Oklahoma City. Police interviewed him about the incident before he was booked into jail and formally charged.