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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