Bokchito bank robber gets 10 years

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

BRYAN COUNTY, OK - A Bokchito bank robber is headed to prison. Jack Lawson was accused of robbing the First United Bank of Bokchito in June of 2006.

He pled not guilty, but a judge determined in January of this year the case should go to trial.

The trial started Wednesday and the jury deliberated Friday for only 45 minutes.

David Cathey, an investigator for the District Attorney says this was a tough case for the prosecutor, but he is proud of the result. "It was a different case. It was largely circumstantial evidence; not a great deal of direct evidence. They jury had a lot of things to consider and we are very pleased with their consideration of that evidence."

The jury found him guilty of bank robbery and sentenced him to ten years in a state prison.


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  • by jessica on May 18, 2008 at 09:46 PM
    Juror, There is no way in hell that you guys could have looked at the evidence throughly in the time that it took to yall to come to a decision. As for the shoes they were simular but not a match. There were more than one pair of those shoes made. The bag doesnt even match the one in the video which you would have noticed if you looked at the video closely. He lives in the country I want you to come out here and find me someone who doesn't own a gun. It was told why the clothes were in the burn pile and if you did a commit a crime why would you not be absolutly sure that the clothes were completly burned before you left to go to town if your smart enough to burn them why not burn them all the way. And why did the fbi and osbi not find any bait money at the casino it thats where he went to get to get rid of it. I cant believe that you guys decided to ruin an innocent mans life based on circumstancial evidence. Way to go!!
  • by MRS. X on May 18, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    I still say circumstantial evidence and for him to appeal. Similiar doesn't mean exact. I have known this young man all his life and he would never commit a crime of this sort.
  • by juror Location: okla on May 11, 2008 at 12:02 AM
    Mrs. x, the jury was only allowed to review the evidence once we were in the final deliberation, as it is with all trials. It was all carefully reviewed and discussed among the jurors. The evidence presented was substantial. The prosecution had witnesses to the theft, unique shoe prints lifted from the scene that matched the shoes found at his home, as well as placing the gun, bag, cash, and a burn pile with the remains of a articles worn during the crime all found at his home, footage from the bank, as well as still photos. The investigation was very thorough. This left no doubt as to the defendant's guilt. Unfortunately, the young man committed the crime and was therefore sentenced accordingly. I find it interesting that you said you attended all 3 days. There was no one in the "audience" until the last day during sentencing.
  • by mrs. x Location: anonymous on Apr 28, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    I attended this trial all 3 days, I still don't understand how a jury can convict a man on just circumstantial evidence. How a jury did not take the time to look at the presumed evidence another time when they were released to make their decision. I have known this young man all his life, he and his family are all hard working people they have worked hard for everything they have.The prosecution based their main idea to the jury on the kid was one payment behind on his home and that was enough for motive. BULL how many of us have been in that same shape? This trial was so railroaded, I hope the family files for an appeal. I thought the jury could come back with a verdict of guilty when there was no mistake or doubt of the crime, how on earth can you convict a man on circumstantial evidence? GOOD JOB JURY PEOPLE, REAP WHAT YOU SOW, IT WILL COME BACK ON YOU!!!!!!!!!1
  • by Anonymous Location: Okla on Apr 28, 2008 at 10:47 AM
    Your right Mr. X! I'm glad the "prosecutor" is "proud" that he helped send an innocent man to prison for "circumstantial evidence." To the jury and everyone else who helped, may you reap what you sow.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2008 at 03:58 AM
    HE DID THE CRIME HE SHOULD PAY THE TIME!!!!
  • by MR. X Location: TX on Apr 26, 2008 at 12:31 AM
    CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE, I WOULD APPEAL.
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