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December 23, 2012

state news in brief

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NORMAN —

Tommy Bassett entered his pleas on Oct. 12 but sentencing was delayed for more than two months while a presentence investigation was conducted.

The 33-year-old Bassett was accused of hiding in a 22-year-old woman’s car last January, then kidnaping her and her 2-year0old child. Prosecutors say Bassett forced her to drive him to several locations and threatened to kill the child if she didn’t give him money and take him where he wanted to go.

The Southwest Times Record reports the victim told police he tried to fondle her and tried to make her smoke something from a glass pipe.

The presentence report wasn’t publicly released.

Fallin names Atoka attorney to district judge post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed an Atoka attorney to fill a vacant district judge post in Atoka and Coal counties.

Fallin on Friday appointed Paula Inge to replace Richard Branam, who retired.

Inge has been in private practice in Atoka for the last year and previously was a partner at Reasor and Inge Law Offices. She served as chief financial officer for Mathis Brothers Furniture from 1995 to 1997.

Inge earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

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