Canadian County inmate gets two years for phone in jail

Repeat felon heads back to state prison

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Miranda Gwen Sorber

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Canadian County inmate has been sentenced to two years in prison for having a cell phone at the county jail.

Oklahoma City’s Miranda Gwen Sorber, 40, has been convicted after pleading guilty to possession of an electronic device in a penal institution.

Sorber, already a convicted felon, was charged with the felony crime May 19 in Canadian County District Court.

Prosecutors charged Sorber for having a “black cellular phone capable of sending or receiving communications” on May 11 at the Canadian County Jail, according to court documents.

The defendant appeared via videoconference at a June 3 preliminary hearing with her attorney, Karla Tankut.

Special Judge Charles Gass accepted Sorber’s guilty plea and sentenced her to two years in state prison with credit for time already served.

Other felony charges are pending in Canadian County for identity theft and obtaining merchandise by false pretenses in a September 2020 case investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.

Sorber was initially booked into the Canadian County Jail on March 22 for those alleged fraud-related crimes.

She was serving time at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, Okla. for other felony crimes when she was transferred to the Canadian County Detention Center.

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BACK TO PRISON

Sorber has already served several stints in prison started in June 2017, according to state Department of Corrections’ records.

She has a lengthy criminal record with felony cases stretching back 10 years.

Sorber has been convicted in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Grady counties for false personation, fraudulently obtaining identification, grand larceny, larceny of merchandise from retailer unauthorized use of vehicle, carrying contraband into jail, bail jumping, uttering forged instruments, eluding police officer, obstructing an officer, possession of controlled substance, possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of paraphernalia, and pattern of criminal offenses.

Several inmates have been charged in recent months with having contraband – specifically illicit drugs and hand-fashioned weapons – inside the Canadian County Jail, 304 N Evans.

Another inmate allegedly started a fire inside a jail cell.

State law makes it illegal for occupants of county jails or state prisons to have any narcotics, weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, intoxicating beverage, or money.

Canadian County Commissioners recently approved spending $147,000 for a company to install a full-body scanner in the Canadian County Jail’s receiving area.

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