Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Patricia Spottedcrow - the 27-year-old mom was released early Thursday after serving two years of a 12-year sentence for selling a small bag of marijuana to an undercover cop. An Oklahoma woman who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling a small bag of pot to an undercover cop was released early Thursday after serving two years. Patricia Spottedcrow, a mother of four from Kingfisher, north of Oklahoma City, captured national attention after her harsh punishment became of the subject of a Tulsa World investigative report last year. The 27-year-old was sentenced in October 2010 after she was busted for selling the officer $31 worth of marijuana. Her children were in the home at the time, leading to a charge of possession in the presence of a minor. Her mom, Delita Starr, was also there. She was given a 30-year suspended prison sentence, the World reported. Advocates for Spottedcrow’s case attacked Oklahoma’s strict prison sentences for first-time drug offenders and argued that the state’s status as the nation’s top jailer of women was destroying families and communities, the World reported. On Thursday, Spottedcrow said she was just happy to be back with her children, who are now 11, 6, 5 and 3. “I missed potty training my daughter,” Spottedcrow told the World. “I missed her talking. I missed school, my other daughter’s first day of school. I missed soccer games. I missed out on a lot. I missed Christmases and birthdays.” Touching video posted on the newspaper’s website showed the beaming mom hugging and kissing her children as they raced off the bus to see her. At one point, her 3-year-old daughter Ja'zalynn, asks if she will leave again. “No. I’m not going to leave you no more,” Spottedcrow says, clutching the little tyke’s hand. Spottedcrow was released from Hillside Community Corrections Center after Gov. Mary Fallin approved her early parole. Her attorney said she was focusing on appealing for post-conviction relief and getting Starr’s 30-year suspended sentence reduced, according to local reports. Spottedcrow said she was putting her troubled past behind her and planned to go back to school. “My old life (is) just over,” she told the World.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
February 16, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY -- There is a new legal twist in the case of a Kingfisher mother who is spending eight years in prison for selling $30 of marijuana. Patricia Spottedcrow's court case grabbed national media attention in the past year.
The headlines inspired a number of lawmakers to take a closer look at the way Oklahoma judges incarcerate women for nonviolent offenses.
Two years ago, a Kingfisher County Judge sentenced Spottedcrow to 12 years behind bars for selling a small amount marijuana.
Spottedcrow had no prior felony convictions.
Last year, another judge in Kingfisher County modified Spottedcrow's sentence, shaving off four years.
She is now serving an eight year sentence.
Spottedcrow's attorney Josh Welch says, "We learned yesterday that one of the pardon and parole board members has voted to bring her up for an early consideration and that's a big deal for her. She's excited, she's positive about the possibility of being reunited with her kids."
If the pardon and parole board grants parole, Spottedcrow will be released with the Governor's signature.
Welch is also pursuing an application for post-conviction relief because he believes Spottedcrow had inadequate counsel during her initial court case.
Spottedcrow has four children who are living with her mother in Kingfisher County while she serves her prison sentence.
Oklahoma taxpayers are footing the bill for her incarceration.
According to Department of Corrections, it costs more than $14,000 a year for Spottedcrow's minimum security incarceration.
Welch says, "Her case is an example and can help other women in other cases bring attention to the outrageous fundamentally wrong sentencing we have for nonviolent offenses in drug cases."
Patricia Spottedcrow is expected to appear before the pardon and parole board sometime in mid-April.
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