By Conrad Dudderar
A baseball bat-wielding felon has received a 10-year suspended sentence in Canadian County District Court for trying to kill or seriously harm a Yukon police lieutenant.
Yukon’s Nicholous Allen Mitts, 34, was convicted June 20 after pleading no contest to assault and battery on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, obstructing an officer, threatening to perform an act of violence, and public intoxication.
Mitts “willfully and unlawfully” struck Yukon Police Lt. Matt Catron “on the torso and right knee with a foot with the intent to injure” the officer, according to the charging document signed by Assistant District Attorney Micheal Oglesby.
Mitts was formally charged Sept. 20, 2021, stemming from an incident nine days earlier in Yukon.
Lt. Catron had responded Sept. 11 to a disturbance call in the 400 block of S 2nd.
“Suspect male was armed with a baseball bat,” according to a Yukon police report. “Suspect would not comply, and physical force had to be utilized to arrest the male. He kicked me and was intoxicated. After arrest he made a statement of killing me when released.”
In October 2022, Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse found probable cause that the defendant assaulted the Yukon officer with a dangerous weapon.
Mitts – represented by attorney Tom Stone – reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that will keep him out of prison.
At a June 20th court hearing, Judge Hesse accepted Mitts’ no-contest plea on all counts and ordered him to pay $450 in fines and $450 in victim’s compensation assessments.
The defendant will be supervised by the state Department of Corrections while on probation. He is due to appear for a cost administration review hearing Dec. 15.
NO STRANGER TO PRISON
Mitts is a convicted felon who spent time in state prison between July 2016 and August 2019, state Department of Corrections’ records show.
Mitts was convicted in July 2011 in Canadian County on felony charges of prisoner placing body fluid on government employee, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of firearm during commission of a felony.
He was convicted in April 2015 in Oklahoma County on felony charges of unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (two counts), possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a valid prescription, and second-degree forgery.
And the defendant was convicted in May 2016 in Canadian County on felony charges of attempted second-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance.