Saturday, April 26, 2008

Muskogee, OK man charged with rape

Jon Cooper Mike Jr., 26, a Muskogee, OK man, was charged in a September 2006 burglary and rape with 1st degree rape, 1st degree burglary, and malicious injury to property.

The rape count carries a possible punishment of from not less than five years in prison to death, according to Muskogee County Assistant District Farley Ward.

The burglary count stems from Mike allegedly breaking into the house occupied by the woman he is accused of raping. The crime is punishable by seven to 20 years in prison.

The malicious injury to property charge is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $500.

Mike is being held on $200,000 bond. He faces a sounding hearing (the initial hearing before the preliminart hearing) on May 9. If he maks bond, he is to have no contact with the victim or other witnesses in the case.

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