By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A former Cushing man, who pleaded guilty to six property crimes and two counts of methamphetamine possession, was released from prison boot camp by District Judge Phillip Corley, who placed him on six years’ probation Friday with extensive conditions.
Justin Taylor Cress was 19 when he was arrested outside the Cushing hospital at 6:44 a.m. on May 22, 2018 — about eight hours after an employee’s vehicle was burglarized during the night, according to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Matt Piatt.
Cress admitted burglarizing four vehicles, including one in the hospital parking lot on May 22, 2018, and possessing another vehicle that was stolen from a Cushing man whose lap top was also taken on May 5, 2018.
Cress also admitted possessing methamphetamine on May 17 and May 22 of 2018.
Nine months ago, Cress was ordered into the state’s Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) prison boot camp program by the judge, who told him “Your sentence in this matter will be contingent on how you do in the RID program. Good luck to you.”
In court Friday, the judge noted that Cress, now 20, had a good report from RID and followed the prosecutor’s recommendation in his case.
Cress was given a six-year deferred sentence with an order to comply with the methamphetamine registry, undergo random drug testing, be employed or enroll in Work Force Oklahoma, and pay $3,500 in fines and assessments plus court costs.
Asked by the judge where he would be living, Cress responded, “My dad just got an apartment in Midwest City,” where Cress said he wants to start fresh.
The judge told Cress that since he was receiving a deferred sentence, “You are getting a chance to keep all these felonies off your record,” if he can successfully complete his probation.
And then the judge told Cress Friday, “Good luck to you.”