The Norman Transcript


May 29, 2014

Man asks to withdraw guilty plea

NORMAN — A man who pled guilty to first-degree murder was set to be formally sentenced Wednesday, but instead asked to set a motion hearing to revoke his guilty plea.

Gilbert Paz, 38, of Weatherford, was charged conjointly with two others after a man was shot and killed in south Oklahoma City in September 2012.

Paz originally was set for a jury trial in April but entered a guilty plea instead, Cleveland County court records show.

District Judge Tracy Schumacher told defense attorney Kevin Findley on Wednesday he has until June 2 to file the motion to revoke the plea. A hearing over the matter was set for June 23.

Paz is facing charges of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, conspiracy, attempted robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

His plea agreement included a life sentence for four of the counts and 38 years in prison with the last eight years suspended, unless lowered at the request of the state, records show.

Paz was charged conjointly with Stacy Buckmaster, 26, of Weatherford, and Kurtis Southerland, 28, of Thomas.

The two men allegedly went to the Oklahoma City home to rob it after Buckmaster advised there were several thousand dollars inside.

Buckmaster waited in a vehicle nearby during the incident, according to affidavits filed with charges.

Shots were fired and Southerland told Buckmaster the two were met by a man carrying a shotgun, so Southerland fired several rounds inside the trailer. The three later learned Jonathan Patton died as a result of the shooting at 12900 Kerns Road, the affidavit said.

Buckmaster was convicted in April of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, conspiracy and robbery with a weapon after entering a guilty plea. She received a sentence of life in prison with all but 23 years suspended under the conditions of continued cooperation and truthful testimony when requested, records show.

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