By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 25-year-old Stillwater man with a criminal record in three counties was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley last week for eluding Perkins Police Officer Billy Laster.

Jacob Ross-Hadley Barton had only been out of prison for a year when he was charged with eluding the Perkins officer from Highway 33 and Brush Creek Road eastbound to 122nd and Mehan Road by increasing his speed and forcing an approaching car off the road — narrowly missing a head-on collision on June 22, 2018, court records show.

Barton, who has a 10th grade education, accepted a plea bargain with the prosecution and admitted his guilt in court to the felony that can carry as much as a life prison term with prior felony convictions.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Barton had previously been convicted of:

* possessing a stolen vehicle and attempted larceny of a vehicle in Lincoln County in 2018, for which he was sentenced in January of this year to two concurrent nine-year prison terms;

* attempting to elude and running a roadblock in Payne County in 2017, for which he was originally given a six-month jail term followed by nine and one-half years of probation that was revoked Friday to a concurrent prison term of nine and one-half years;

* second-degree burglary in Payne County in 2017, for which he was originally given a six-month jail term followed by nine and one-half years of probation that was revoked Friday to a concurrent prison term of nine and one-half years;

* larceny of an automobile in Oklahoma County in 2015, for which he was given a five-year prison term of which he served one and one-half years;

* concealing a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude, and concealing stolen property in Payne County in 2014, for which he was given three concurrent five-year prison terms of which he served about 16 months;

* larceny of a motor vehicle in Payne County in 2014, for which he was originally given 227 days in prison that was changed to a five-year prison term of which he served about 16 months.

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