MIAMI — The circumstances that allowed a three-time convicted inmate to be released from the Lawton Correctional Facility last month remains under investigation, said Jerry Massie, Corrections Department spokesman on Monday.
Richard Lynn Dopp, 47, was taken into custody on Friday at his mother’s rural Ottawa County home. He was released from the private prison Oct. 5 after prison officials received a fraudulent modified judgment and sentence report.
Massie said it isn’t known if escape charges will be filed or if any charges will be filed. Also information about the forged and fraudulent document that was used as the backbone to release Dopp is a matter of investigation, he said.
The forged document looked legitimate, Massie said earlier referring to the document.
“It’s all under investigation,” Massie said.
Massie was unsure when the investigation would be completed.
The bogus document indicates Ottawa County District Attorney Eddie Wyant attended a July 27 court hearing where Dopp’s life sentence with no chance of parole was modified to 10 years and a $25,000 fine was dismissed.
The document was using an Ottawa County District Court file stamp dated Aug. 11, but the document was never filed in Ottawa County District Court and it appeared to have a counterfeit seal on the document, Wyant said earlier. The document also carried the forgery signature of Osage County Associate District Judge Bruce David Gambill.
Depending on who forged the court document will determine if Dopp faces additional charges, Wyant said.
“While we suspect Ricky (Dopp) was involved in the forgery, it must also be proven,” Wyant said. “That’s part of the investigation.”
“Ricky in my opinion clearly escaped from prison, even though he didn't climb a razor wire fence to accomplish that goal,” Wyant said.
Dopp knew that he wasn't supposed to be out of custody, he said. When he was apprehended at his mother's house and was asked by law enforcement "what's the deal, you know that you aren't supposed to be out of prison", Dopp didn't say anything – he just smiled, Wyant said.
Dopp had 11 previous convictions for trafficking a controlled dangerous substance — marijuana. He was also was convicted of maintaining a residence where a controlled dangerous substance is kept, being a felon in possession of a firearm and preventing a witness from attending court, records show.