By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Yukon teen has been sentenced to four years in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery.
Perry Jonas Nathaniel Withey, 19, robbed two people at gunpoint last summer in Yukon.
Withey appeared with attorney Stacy L. Smith for a Feb. 23rd sentencing hearing in Canadian County District Court. He previously entered a blind guilty plea in the felony case.
After hearing arguments from counsel and testimony from the defendant, Canadian County District Judge Khristan K. Strubhar followed prosecutors’ request in the sentencing.
Withey was sentenced to serve four years in prison followed by six years of probation supervised by the state Department of Corrections, according to the court minute.
Both counts will run concurrently, and Withey was given credit for time served in the Canadian County Jail.
Judge Strubhar ordered Withey to comply with rules and conditions of supervised probation – including obtaining mental health and substance abuse assessment, the court minute shows.
She also ordered him to pay $100 in victims’ compensation assessments and court-related costs.
First-degree robbery is punishable by 10 years to life in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Withey was booked into the Canadian County Jail on July 11, 2022, four days before he was formally charged with the two first-degree robbery counts.
USED TIRE IRON, GUN
In his Jan. 26th signed guilty plea, Withey admitted he and another individual “wrongfully robbed” the victims of their Apple iPhones “by putting them in fear of immediate serious bodily injury by using a tire iron and a gun in a threatening manner.”
Withey wrongfully took the phones in the “immediate presence” of a male victim from Bethany and a female victim from Oklahoma City without their consent and against their will, Assistant District Attorney Austin T. Murrey said.
The armed robbery was reported to Yukon Police about 1:35 a.m. July 11, 2022, in the 2100 block of S Holly.
The victims told officer Cooper Finch they were robbed at gunpoint by two male suspects who took their Apple iPhones and “ran off towards the east side of the park,” according to a Yukon police report.
The victims used an app to track their stolen iPhones, and one phone was “pinging” at a house on Ronald Street.
After contacting individuals in the home, officer Finch arrested Withey for using the gun to commit the robbery and allowing a minor to possess a firearm.
Oklahoma state law classified this case as first-degree robbery because the defendant intentionally placed the victims “in fear of immediate serious bodily injury by means of assault with a crowbar and handgun,” according to court documents.