Madden pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison in Ardmore

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A man pled guilty Friday morning to first degree murder charges in Ardmore. Darrell Madden appeared in court Friday morning to face charges for the killing of Bradley Qualls last November. Madden was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 30 years.

The investigation revealed that Qualls was shot to death by Madden after a dispute at a local apartment complex on November 7 of last year. Ardmore police later apprehended Madden after he tried to commandeer a getaway car, firing shots at passing motorists at the intersection of Veterans and North Commerce.

On Friday, Madden pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors. He was sentenced to life in prison on the murder charge and ten years for each count of shooting with intent to kill, the result of the attempted carjackings.

"I think it's safe to say he will spend the rest of his life in the penitentiary, just on this Carter County case alone. I believe he has an Oklahoma County case pending as well. He has a preliminary hearing set in that case, I believe next month," Carter County district attorney Craig Ladd said.

Legal experts say Oklahoma State Law requires 85% of Madden’s sentence must be served before parole can be considered.

Madden is by no means through with the legal system. He will now have to stand trial for another murder in Oklahoma County. Prosecutors could seek the death penalty in that case.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2008 at 05:51 PM
    not sure but i think it says dumb a**
  • by mike Location: ardmore on Jul 27, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    his tattoo says skin head on his brows and the tear drop means he has killed before
  • by sparky Location: Denison on Jul 27, 2008 at 02:43 PM
    The words skin head is what is tatooed on his eyebrows
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    i think it says skin head
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jul 27, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    What is tatooed on his eyebrow?
  • by here Location: tx on Jul 26, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    to "know this freak":yes, the parents are hurting- because whatever their "best" was- it wasn't enough...no, not an evil/tacky comment- just my opinion- which is still "free" to give- this guy needs some tough-love that he probably never got as a child- he is owning up and taking responsibility even if that means life plus in prison. I DO feel sorry for the parents- I AM the proud parent of 2 great young men- mine were never perfect, but they know right from wrong- as does this guy- but the difference is...MINE have never taken another's life.
  • by know this "freak" Location: somewhere on Jul 26, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    really..you don't think his parents have disowned him.. They may not be proud but what an evil comment to make they too could be hurting. they are innocent in this how tacky to include his parents in that comment
  • by chong Location: nowhere on Jul 26, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    yes he is nothing more then a little girl poser the real true aryan brotherhood will take care of him bye bye mr richie
  • by asteria Location: xxx on Jul 25, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    the ardmoreite said he was trembling & weeping...so much for the bad a** attitude .....awww, in the end they always turn into little girls.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    at least he's alive
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