Felon gets 10 years for assaulting deputy, fellow inmate

Sentenced in four Canadian County criminal cases

Samuel Ray Parsons

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A felon has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison and 90 days in the county jail after pleading guilty to assaulting a Canadian County sheriff’s deputy and a fellow inmate.

Oklahoma City’s Samuel Ray Parsons, 24, was convicted on several serious felony charges at an Aug. 20th hearing before Special Judge Charles Gass in Canadian County District Court.

Parsons entered a guilty plea to “all counts in all cases”, according to court minutes.

The defendant appeared by videoconference from the Canadian County Jail with his attorney Jason Spanich present in the courtroom.

Parsons had been charged July 30 with striking sheriff’s deputy Austin Moore “with closed fists multiple times” and inmate Edwin L. Edwards of McAlester “multiple times with force and violence” during a May 5th incident at the Canadian County Jail, according to court documents.

Judge Gass sentenced Parsons to 10 years in state Department of Corrections’ custody for assaulting the deputy and 90 days in the Canadian County Jail (with credit for time served) for assaulting the other inmate, a convicted sex offender.

Parsons also had been charged with possession of a contraband by an inmate (a misdemeanor) for having a “wooden handle fragment sharpened for use as a weapon. That charge was dismissed.


Meanwhile, Parsons was sentenced Aug. 20 in Canadian County District Court for several other crimes he committed:

  • Seven-year suspended sentence for accessory to first-degree murder in an October 2020 case investigated by Oklahoma City Police.
  • Seven-year suspended sentence for assault and battery on a police officer in a December 2020 case investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.
  • 90-day suspended sentenced for misdemeanor assault and battery in a December 2020 case investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge Gass ruled that all cases and all counts “will run concurrent to each other,” court records show. Parsons will be supervised by the state DOC after his release from prison.

He also was ordered to pay fines, victims’ compensation assessments, court costs, and court-appointed attorney fees.

Parsons was previously convicted of second-degree burglary, unauthorized use of vehicle and concealing stolen property in Oklahoma County and assault and battery on a police officer in Tillman County.