The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction for a Lawton man ordered to spend multiple lifetimes in jail for a terrifying home invasion in February 2011, stating he was sane at the time he committed the shocking crimes and that his punishment was not excessive.
Aaron B. Stone, 34, was convicted of 15 felony counts, including two counts of rape, four counts of sodomy, robbery, three counts of kidnapping, three counts of feloniously pointing a weapon, car theft and animal cruelty, stemming from the Feb. 5, 2011, attack on a woman, her husband, their 6-year-old daughter and the family dog.
Stone made his way into the victims' home under the guise of needing to use their computer then proceeded to physically assault the woman, bound her and the young girl and continued to sexually assault the woman. When her husband came home for lunch, he was hog-tied and left in a bathtub after being physically assaulted.
Stone held the gun to the girl's head and continued assaulting the woman throughout the several-hour ordeal. Before taking off in the family's car with the couple's wedding rings, he shot their caged dog that belonged to the little girl.
Court records show Stone was ordered to serve life without parole for the two first-degree rape counts and life in prison on the remaining charges.
Stone appealed the sentence claiming his attorney did not adequately represent him by not presenting enough evidence to show Stone suffered from mental health problems and was insane at the time of the crime.
The Appeals Court ruled Stone's attorney did have some evaluations completed and while some of the victim testimony at trial indicated he was speaking incoherently at the time of the crimes, the petitioner did not present enough evidence to show what exactly his attorney did incorrectly or failed to do.