By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stroud man, who was released from prison in May of 2021, has been jailed on $20,000 bail pending his arraignment Tuesday on a Payne County charge alleging that he severely injured a man at a residence in the 300 block of E. 7th Street in Cushing.
Jack Dwayne Milligan, 46, who was arrested last week, could be given a prison term ranging from four years to life if convicted of aggravated assault and battery after two or more former felony convictions.
The victim had declined to be hospitalized shortly after the July 21 attack, but two days later he admitted himself into the emergency room of Hillcrest Hospital in Cushing, according to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Marcus McCawley filed on Aug. 26.
A physician told police that the victim “was suffering from pneumothorax as well as a broken rib. He advised that the air was escaping from his lung and was filling up his chest cavity,” which was fatal without proper treatment, the affidavit said.
The victim said that he was attacked about 15 minutes before Cushing officers arrived at 3:49 pm on July 21, the affidavit alleged.
He said the suspect was looking for his roommate, but after the victim told him she was not there, the suspect “approached him and stated, ‘I own this property, you son of a bitch,"” the affidavit alleged.
The victim said, “the suspect did not hit him, but he did however grab a hold and throw him to the ground where he struck an ice chest,” the affidavit alleged.
“When asked by the EMTs if he wanted to go to the hospital, he stated ‘no.’ He informed the EMTs that he was sore and had blood on his wrist,” the affidavit alleged.
The Cushing officer took photos of the victim’s injuries, one on the left side of his ribcage, one on the left side of his back, and one on his left wrist, the affidavit said.
The victim said that he had never met the suspect, who walked away and picked up his bike, the affidavit alleged.
“However, he turned around and re-approached (the victim) in the doorway, where he proceeded to grab and throw him back inside the house,” before going east on 7th Street on a blue bicycle, the affidavit alleged.
The next day, the Cushing officer went back to the residence for a follow up with the victim, whose “neck seemed to be significantly larger than my last interaction with him the day before. I asked (the victim) if he wanted an EMT to come take a look at him, to which he shook his head no and stated no. (He) advised that he felt like he needed pain medication, and due to his pain from the injuries, he had to sleep standing up,” the affidavit said.
The following day, the victim went on his own to the Cushing hospital, and after being released identified Milligan as the suspect in a photo lineup conducted by Cushing Police Officer Jason Beal, the affidavit alleged.
According to the state Department of Corrections, Milligan has a criminal history in Payne County that dates back to 1995 when he was placed on probation for drug possession. Milligan served prison sentences for possession of a stolen vehicle, assault and battery on a police officer and escape, all in 2013. Milligan also served a prison term for assault and battery on a police officer in 2017, DOC records show.