By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man has pleaded no contest in a court case for trying to hurt a police officer after being caught stealing from a local retailer.
Preston Ward McGuire, 35, was convicted Aug. 29 in Canadian County District Court on three counts – assault and battery on a police officer, obstructing an officer and petty larceny.
The felony case stemmed from an April 22nd incident at Atwood’s Ranch & Home, 1670 Shedeck Parkway.
McGuire was charged for shoving “with the intent to injure” Yukon Police Maj. Zach Roberson and “willfully disobeying” the officer’s “lawful commands to stop” as he tried to steal two shirts from the store, according to court documents.
Maj. Roberson had to deploy his taser after McGuire started to flee. During a scuffle, McGuire tried to grab the taser from the officer’s hands.
McGuire, who faced up to five years in prison, appeared with attorney Brenda Doroteo at an Aug. 26th plea and sentencing hearing in Canadian County District Court.
The defendant entered pleas of no contest on all three counts.
Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass handed McGuire a five-year suspended sentence, with 30 days to serve in the county jail, for assaulting the Yukon police officer. He was given credit for time served.
McGuire also received a one-year suspended sentence for obstructing the officer and a 30-day suspended sentence for the petty theft.
Judge Gass ordered McGuire to be supervised by the state Department of Corrections, submit to drug testing and pay restitution.
The stolen property was valued at $99.98.
Meanwhile, a Yukon man has received a three-year deferred sentence after pleading no contest to kicking a Yukon firefighter after being tased twice by a police officer.
James Kenneth Guyot, 50, also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and obstructing an officer as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The defendant appeared with attorney Mark Hixson at an Aug. 24 hearing in Canadian County District Court.
Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar deferred sentencing for three years on all three counts.
Guyot was ordered to complete alcohol/drug treatment and pay court-related costs, fines and victim’s compensation assessments.
Yukon Fire Capt. John Graham was providing medical care Nov. 7, 2021, after Guyot was stopped for driving a pickup under the influence of alcohol.
Yukon Police Sgt. Dustin Biggs arrested Guyot in the Parkland II Addition after noticing a Chevrolet 2500 truck swerving along N.W. 10th from Vickery Avenue to Bryce Canyon.
Guyot refused Sgt. Biggs’ commands to stop and “get on the ground” as he started walking toward his house, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The officer had to deploy his taser twice before other officers arrived to help take Guyot into custody, court documents show.
When Capt. Graham tried to remove one of the taser probes, the defendant kicked the firefighter in the leg. Guyot reportedly refused to take a breathalyzer test.