(Stillwater, Okla.) – Two drug offenders from Cushing, both of whom previously served prison terms, have been given jail terms followed by probation for unauthorized use of a John Deere Gator belonging to the Cushing Public Schools.
    Lloyd Deral Bingamon Jr., whose first name has also been spelled as Loyd, 40, was sentenced Friday by District Judge Phillip Corley in accordance with a plea bargain in which he was given credit as having already served a six-month jail term.
    Bingamon was released from the Payne County Jail Friday and placed on probation for five and one-half years, with an order to pay various costs including that of incarceration, follow all recommendations in a background report and perform 50 hours of community service.
    His co-defendant, Ronnie Glenn Day, 40, was sentenced three weeks ago by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler to a 60-day jail term, which he had already served, followed by four years and 10 months of probation with an order to pay costs including that of incarceration, follow all recommendations in a background report and undergo random drug tests, court records show.
    Both men were originally charged together with cutting a lock and entering fenced property owned by the Cushing Public Schools at 200 S. Timber Ridge Drive in Cushing in January. Both pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
    According to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Justin Sappington, both men were arrested at 10:21 a.m. on Jan. 31 on the school’s property where three witnesses were still on scene.
    One of the witnesses said that while he was driving in the area of the sports complex, he saw two men driving the Gator, which he identified as belonging to the Cushing school system.
    He said that he and two other witnesses “cut off the Gator,” and “questioned Bingamon and Day about the Gator,” the affidavit said.
    Both suspects said, “they found it running in the woods and took it for a drive,” the affidavit said.
    Both suspects told the Cushing officer they did not make forced entry in the fenced enclosure to gain access to the Gator, the affidavit said.
    Day had a small handheld hacksaw when he was searched, the affidavit said.
    The Cushing officer believed the pin on the gate was cut with a hand-powered tool like a hacksaw rather than a grinder or torch, his affidavit said.
    According to court and state Department of Corrections records, Bingamon was placed on five years’ probation last July for methamphetamine possession in Payne County with an order to have 30 days of in-patient treatment, random drug tests, a substance abuse evaluation and follow-up treatment.
    Bingamon had previously pleaded guilty to delivering marijuana twice and possessing the drug on another occasion, all in 2007 in Payne County, for which he was ordered into the Drug Court program in October 2007, but terminated in August 2008, and then in December 2008 given three concurrent five-year prison terms of which he served a year and four months before being released in April 2010, DOC records show.
    Bingamon had also previously been convicted of shoplifting in Payne County in 1998 and placed on one year’s probation, DOC records show.
    Day had previously been convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment in Payne County in 2010, for which he was originally given a four-year prison term and paroled in July 2012, followed by six years of probation with an order to enroll in and successfully complete the Drug Court program from which he was terminated in February 2014. In March of 2015, Day was found in violation of his probation and given a five-year prison term, but released one and one-half years later in September 2016, records show.
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