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December 21, 2013

Ex-lawmaker sentenced to 1 year in prison

OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Oklahoma lawmaker was sentenced Friday to serve one year in prison and pay a $5,000 fine following his conviction on a felony bribery charge.

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong handed down the sentence to former Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, who was found guilty by a 12-member jury in October of offering a bribe for withdrawal of candidacy. Truong followed the jury’s sentencing recommendation and allowed Terrill to remain free on bail as he appeals his conviction.

Following the brief hearing, Terrill, 44, said he expects to be exonerated by his appeal.

“I have done absolutely nothing wrong. I have committed no crime,” Terrill told reporters.

Prosecutors accused Terrill of arranging to put a Democratic former state senator in an $80,000-a-year job at the Medical Examiner’s Office if she would not seek re-election in 2010 so a colleague of Terrill’s, state Rep. Mike Christian of Oklahoma City, could seek her open seat.

Christian was never charged and was re-elected to his House seat.

Best known as the author of Oklahoma’s tough immigration law adopted by the Legislature in 2007, Terrill wrote a bill that would create the job of “transition coordinator” at the Medical Examiner’s Office for Leftwich and used a separate bill to steer $90,000 to the office from a fund at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, prosecutors said. Then-Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, vetoed both measures after the bribery allegations surfaced.

Earlier this month, Leftwich was convicted for her role in the bribery scheme. She received a one-year suspended sentence that will keep her from serving jail time. Leftwich, 62, is also appealing her conviction.

Defense attorneys claimed Terrill did not have the authority to promise Leftwich a job, and that Leftwich wasn’t technically a candidate for re-election because she never filed the required paperwork with the state Election Board.

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