TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - A Tahlequah man who pleaded no contest
to first-degree murder has received a 45-year prison sentence.
The trial for 55-year-old Bobby Dean Huckaby was set to start
Monday in Cherokee County court. After Huckaby entered his plea,
District Judge Darrell Shepherd sentenced him, suspending 20 years
of the 45-year term.
Huckaby was charged in the February 2009 death of 50-year-old
Terry Gene Seay, whose body was found in an alley near a Tahlequah
elementary school. Authorities say Seay had been stabbed in the
throat and suffered blunt force trauma.
Assistant District Attorney David Pierce says Huckaby will have
to serve more than 21 years in prison before becoming eligible for
parole. Huckaby has been incarcerated since shortly after Seay's
death and will receive credit for time already served.
Pierce says Seay's family agreed to the plea deal.
Information from: Muskogee Phoenix,