November 19, 2012

Local burglary suspects won't face prosecution

James Bright
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — The Grady County District Attorney's office refused to prosecute several suspects involved in last month's burglary ring according to Grady County Sheriff Art Kell.

"We feel like a lot of people involved in that ring need to be brought to justice," Kell said.

District Attorney Jason Hicks said in each of these cases there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the suspects.

"There was no near enough to prosecute," Hicks said. "It wasn't even in the ballpark."

Hicks said his office sent the information back to the sheriff's office for follow up, but have not heard anything back.

"We are a law enforcement agency and we try our hardest to bring people to justice," Kell said.

"We feel just because they are not main ones involved in the case that doesn't excuse them from being prosecuted."

Kell said this process has shown no justice for those hurt by people that go out and continually commit the same crime over and over again.

"There is no excuse for breaking the law," he said. "Society is sympathetic and just lets these people get away with it."

Kell said the lack of discipline is why these criminals continue to commit acts of burglary.

"They know the punishment won't be severe like if they were convicted of being a drug dealer," he said.

It's not uncommon for two policing judicial agencies to have problems coalescing according to Hicks. He said they have simply asked for additional evidence before moving forward with prosecution.