Yukon mail, check thief now in prison

Pleads guilty, convicted on long list of Canadian County charges

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Deanna Kay Knapp

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Yukon felon is now in state prison after being convicted of forging checks she stole out of a mailbox.

Deanna Kay Knapp, 39, pleaded guilty at an Oct. 15th hearing in Canadian County District Court to felony charges of uttering a forged instrument and porch piracy.

As part of a plea deal, Knapp also has been convicted of a laundry list of other felony and misdemeanor offenses.

Knapp was charged Feb. 4 for stealing mail from a woman’s mailbox on S Alfadale Road and presenting counterfeit money orders totaling $1,000 to her bank.

Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass accepted the guilty plea, sentencing Knapp to serve four years in prison on count one and one year to serve on count two.

She was booked Oct. 22 into the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, the defendant was convicted in other Canadian County criminal cases for:

Possession of forged instruments (five years in prison), possession of credit card belonging to another (one year), knowingly concealing stolen property (one year), unlawful possession of paraphernalia-three counts (three years), driving with suspended license (one year), affixing improper license plate (six months), and second-degree forgery (one year), driving with suspended/revoked license (one year), and possession of controlled dangerous substance (one year).

All counts will run concurrently. The defendant, represented by attorney J.P. Hill, was given credit for time served in the Canadian County Jail.

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Between February 2017 and June 2021, Knapp was charged eight separate times for 15 crimes she committed in Canadian County.

The Yukon woman has previous criminal convictions in Canadian County District Court for obstructing an officer and driving under suspension and in Oklahoma County for use of computer to commit crimes, possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of paraphernalia.

Knapp was on probation when she was arrested in January by El Reno Police for stealing mail as part of a forgery investigation.

A police investigator interviewed Knapp on Jan. 27 at the El Reno Police Department.

“Knapp told me that her boyfriend stole the checks from a mailbox,” the officer wrote in a probable cause affidavit. “Knapp told me that the money was deposited into her Bank of America account, and she did the transaction by electronic device.

“Knapp went on to claim that her ex-boyfriend was who used the money. I showed Knapp the back of the checks that were provided and she confirmed to me it was her signature.”