Man pleads guilty to racketeering

Tim HudsonJournal-Capital

A 73-year-old Henryetta man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering and receiving stolen farm equipment in a case that included multiple defendants and several Oklahoma counties, including Osage County.

Phillip Howard Hawk pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering, one count of conspiracy and five counts of receiving stolen farm equipment this week in Washington County Court.

District Judge Curtis DeLapp sentenced Hawk to 10 years with six years to serve for each count. The sentences are to be run concurrent.

Indictments for Hawk and five other defendants were opened on July 25, 2012. George E. Baker, 64, of Stroud; Kory L. Pierson, 39, of Davenport; Stevie L. Starks, 48, of Rentiesville; Coy L. Short, 65, of Checotah; and Joseph E. Fairchild, 56, of Wagoner, were also indicted on a variety of charges including multi-county racketeering and other charges.

According to the indictment, the 13th Multicounty Grand Jury was convened in Oklahoma City from Jan. 24, 2011, to July 24, 2012, and investigated the six men for 15 counts, including theft of farm equipment and concealing stolen property, among other crimes in, but not limited to, Washington, Osage, Nowata, Craig, Lincoln, McIntosh, Oklahoma and Sequoyah counties. A multicounty grand jury has jurisdiction to investigate criminal matters in all Oklahoma counties and testimony before a grand jury is closed to the public.

The remaining defendants are all scheduled to enter pleas in their cases on May 16. They are all currently free on bond.