Monday, February 1, 2016

Former Sooner De'Mond Parker Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

Former University of Oklahoma and NFL running back DeMond Keith Parker pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tulsa federal court to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Parker, who will be sentenced May 2, faces a prison term ranging from 10 years to life.

He was among 51 people indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2014 following a three-year investigation dubbed Operation Battlefield by law enforcement.

The allegations in the subsequent indictments included the murder of a witness, round-the-clock sales from crack houses and the operation of a dog-fighting ring.

Parker, who has been free on a personal recognizance since being arraigned on 13 drug-related charges, appeared Wednesday before U.S. District Judge John Dowdell with his attorney, Charlie Prather.

Asked by Dowdell to describe the crime to which he was pleading guilty, 39-year-old Parker hesitated, then replied: “Sold narcotics and made a lot of bad decisions.” (More at Tulsa World)

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