JAY – A trial date for a Grove man who initially pled guilty to shooting a Delaware County Deputy and then changed his mind, was set for March 9 in district court Monday.
Jeremy Ray James, 32, faces a felony charge of shooting with intent to kill, following an incident on June 15, 2008 at his home where Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Brownell was wounded by gunfire.
On September 11, James pled guilty and entered into an agreement with the state.
He received a 20-year sentence, 10 years of which he would have served with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and 10 of which he would have served under the supervision of the state’s Probation and Parole Department. James would have had to serve 85% of the 10 years before he would be eligible for release.
He was also to pay $10,000 in restitution, and $1,500 in fines. Upon his release, he would be required to register under the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act for his lifetime. Under the act, he would have been required to register every 90 days.
On October 27, James was returned from the department of corrections where he appeared in district court to withdraw his plea agreement, claiming he didn’t know he had to register as a violent offender. At that time he asked for a jury trial.
During court proceedings Monday afternoon, James claimed his attorney of record had misrepresented him.
James told Judge Robert Haney that it was his understanding that he was returned to Delaware County to sign the 85% time served clause, but in fact, it was the Mary Rippy registration that was in need of his signature.
Judge Haney warned James that the charge could carry a life sentence should he be found guilty and that he would have to serve 34 and 1/2 years without chance of parole or credit for good time served.
In the early morning hours of June 15, Deputy Steve Brownell, was shot with a .22 caliber rifle, sustaining injuries to his upper arm, when he and officers Rick Pike and Matt North responded to the Butler church area after James called 911 and reported that two people were walking around in the area, and “were going in and out of buildings with rifles.”
According to Investigator Ron Teel of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Brownell was shot once, from the inside of the James’ home, when he went to the door to report to James that the officers had found no one in the area. James claims he did not know the men were law enforcement officers.
James is reported to have been under the influence of an intoxicating substance, according to authorities.