By Patti Weaver


  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A 40-year-old man, who is serving a five-year prison term in Texas for violating a protective order there, has been given two concurrent two-year prison terms for illegally obtaining by theft a total of $20,500 from personal and business checks from an elderly relative in rural Stillwater and depositing the funds into his personal bank account in a case investigated by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Secrest.
    Christopher James Brown of Wylie, Texas, was sentenced last week by Payne County Associate District Judge Michael Kulling, who approved a plea agreement with the prosecution that his Oklahoma prison terms will run concurrently with his Texas sentence. Brown pleaded guilty last week to two Payne County felony counts of exploitation of an elderly person in Stillwater in November of 2020.
    On his release from prison, Brown will be on eight years of probation in his Payne County case with conditions including no contact with the victim, provide a DNA sample, be employed and pay $600 in assessments along with court costs.
    According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Brown is in the process of being reviewed for parole from that state where he has served about two years. The maximum expiration date on his Texas sentence is March 25, 2026, court records show.