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Crime/Courts

February 13, 2013

Prisoner has long rap sheet

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Records further indicate that Logan County issued a warrant for Brotherton’s arrest on Feb. 11— the day of his escape. It is not known whether Brotherton was aware of these charges or the arrest warrant when he allegedly attempted to escape.

Case information available on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network say that the defendant, Brotherton, allegedly stole a television from a woman at 824 Cottage Park Circle in Guthrie on Oct. 7. He also allegedly stole her 2002 Ford Focus.

If convicted, these charges could have resulted in prison sentences between three and 20 years.

Court records in Logan County indicate that Brotherton had previous convictions in Salt Lake County, Utah, in December 2006 for two incidents of second-degree burglary. Brotherton was sentenced to a term of one-to-15 years in prison for each.

No information on Brotherton was available online through the Utah Department of Corrections offender search.

For Norman residents, Monday’s manhunt brought some surprising experiences.

Roswitha Allin heard something in her backyard Monday morning, never guessing two escaped prisoners had crashed a stolen vehicle into her fence.

Allin heard noises and thought her cats were involved in a cat fight.

“I ran out like crazy and found two big policemen in the driveway, and they were wrestling No. 1 (Clemmons) down.”

Police asked her to go back inside and shut the door, which she did.

“Friends have already said they will come and put (the broken fence) back up again,” she said.

Norman police say reports from wary residents may have contributed to the capture. Calls came from Braum’s on 24th Avenue Southwest and from Savannah House apartments both shortly after 3 p.m.

Brotherton was spotted around that time by a Norman police officer. After he ran and hid from view, Officer Lance Harper and his K-9 partner Remco searched the area. Remco found Brotherton hiding under a mobile home and assisted in apprehending him.

Norman police confirm that no gun has been found.

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