Sentence upheld

Robert Smith

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals last Thursday affirmed the conviction and sentencing of Quinton A. Riddle, 31, of Pawhuska, who was convicted in December 2016 on five charges of child sexual abuse, a charge of rape by instrumentation, a charge of first-degree rape by force or fear and a charge of forcible sodomy.

The jury that convicted Riddle recommended sentences of varying lengths in relation to the eight charges on which he was found guilty. Associate District Judge B. David Gambill ordered the sentences would run consecutively, which means they would be added to come up with the total length of the prison sentence.

All told, Gambill gave Riddle 135 years, of which he would have to serve 85 percent before becoming eligible for release.

Riddle, through the lawyer who represented him during his appeal, protested against the overall length of the sentence.

Nicolette Brandt, of Norman, who represented Riddle on appeal, told the Court of Criminal Appeals in her brief on the case that the 135-year sentence was “excessive” and should “shock the conscience of this court.”

“The trial court’s refusal to order appellant’s sentences to be served concurrently (at the same time) constitutes an abuse of discretion and the length of his sentence should shock the conscience of this court,” Brandt argued. “A consecutive punishment of 135 years imprisonment will almost certainly mean that appellant will never be released from state custody.”

The court disagreed with the assertion it should be shocked.

“Appellant’s sentences do not shock the conscience,” the court said in its decision, explaining that the defense had failed to show either an excessive sentence or an abuse of judicial discretion.