By Conrad Dudderar
A felon who brandished scissors when confronted by police officers stealing from a Yukon store is headed back to state prison.
Brent Paul Stone, 35, has been convicted in Canadian County District Court on four criminal charges stemming from his August 2021 arrest at Yukon’s West End Pointe shopping center.
Stone pleaded guilty at a July 6th preliminary hearing to possession of firearms after conviction or during probation, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault on a police officer, and larceny of merchandise from retailer. He appeared by video from the Canadian County Jail while his attorney J.P. Hill was inside the courtroom.
Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar sentenced Stone pursuant to a plea agreement between prosecutors and the defense – 10 years in prison on count one, four years in prison on count two, six months in the county jail on count three, and 30 days in the county jail on count four.
Judge Strubhar ordered all counts to run concurrently with credit for time served. Stone has been housed at the Canadian County Jail since Aug. 27, 2021.
Stone was advised to complete a drug offender workcamp and ordered to pay fines and court-related costs.
The former Lawton resident has a lengthy criminal record having served several stints in prison between 2008 and 2021, according to state Department of Corrections records.
In fact, he had been released from state custody just weeks before the August 2021 Yukon arrest.
Stone has previous felony convictions for unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substance and contributing to the delinquency of minors in Cotton County and second-degree burglary in Stephens County and Cotton County.
He also received a three-year deferred sentence in a 2009 Canadian County case for knowingly receiving stolen property.
Stone has other felony charges pending for larceny of a motor vehicle in Caddo County and uttering a forged instrument in Comanche County.
Aside from the felony cases, Stone has misdemeanor convictions for malicious injury to property, larceny of merchandise from a retailer, transporting opened container of beer, obstructing an officer, public intoxication, and driving under suspension.
STOLEN PICKUP IN FRONT OF KOHL’S
As a convicted felon, Stone found himself facing big trouble after an incident investigated by Yukon Police. The case is detailed in a probable cause affidavit filed in district court.
Officer Jeff Hill at about 7:11 p.m. Aug. 26, 2021 observed a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup (which had been reported stolen) backed into the parking lot directly in front of the exit door at Kohl’s, 1715 Garth Brooks Blvd.
The officer saw Stone run around the southeast corner of the store with a shopping cart filled with merchandise. The value of the stolen items – described as “numerous shoes and apparel” – totaled $532.51.
Before noticing the officer, the suspect ran toward the pickup and pushed the shopping cart toward the rear of the truck.
“Brent shouted, ‘Oh (shoot)’ and then ran north on West End Pointe Dr.,” according to the affidavit.
A short foot pursuit ensued through the shopping center’s parking lot toward Staples, 1701 Garth Brooks Blvd.
Sgt. Carl Tucker and officer Hill ordered Stone to stop and get on the ground while pursuing the suspect into the store. Stone hopped over a counter and momentarily stopped.
While at gunpoint, Stone continued to ignore commands and grabbed a pair of scissors that was laying on the counter.
Officers deployed their tasers and the suspect fell the ground. He was placed in handcuffs and arrested.
Stone admitted to stealing the Chevy pickup “with a friend” and to “picking up the scissors in an attempt” to make the officers shoot him, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The felon also knew about a .40-caliber pistol found in a backpack inside the vehicle.