Three men received lengthy prison sentences Wednesday for a violent April home invasion in Marlow, according to the district attorney.
"This is one of those things where they got what they deserved," said District Attorney Jason Hicks. "I'm very, very, very pleased with the sentences. All three of them deserved every bit of what they got."
Douglas Brown, Leon Edwards and Chad Scruggs each received prison sentences in the Stephens County District Court after entering blind pleas of guilty to felony charges from the April 23 home invasion outside of Marlow, Hicks said. Brown received 35 years in Department of Corrections custody followed by 15 years probation; Edwards was sentenced to serve 40 years with the DOC and 20 years probation; and Scruggs was ordered to serve 60 years imprisonment, he said. All sentences are for a mandatory 85 percent service, he said, and none of the men made a deal for reduced time as part of their plea.
According to a court affidavit, Brown told investigators he, Scruggs and Edwards were simply driving around one night and decided to "go rob a house," so they went to a residence on the outskirts of Marlow armed with a pistol.
After they made their way inside, they reportedly secured the victims with duct tape while Brown rummaged through the house gathering valuables, like guns, TVs, jewelry, MP3 players, and an iPad, according to previous reports.
Brown was arrested in May after Lawton police uncovered property, including a gun and a television, allegedly stolen during the home invasion, as well as a set of silverware reported taken during an April 26 home invasion in rural Tillman County.