By JOSH NEWTON
A Tahlequah man with a lengthy criminal history in Cherokee County was given his “last chance” Wednesday after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
James L. Everett, 24, pleaded guilty to knowingly concealing stolen property in exchange for a five-year suspended sentence, fines, court costs, and mandatory participation in a drug-court program.
Everett admitted to District Judge Darrell Shepherd he was in possession of stolen property when he was arrested on the charges.
Court records show Everett also has previous charges of attempting to obtain money or property by false pretenses, obstructing an officer, delivery of a forged instrument, knowingly concealing stolen property, larceny of domestic animals, public intoxication, and more.
Shepherd told Everett it is evident, based on the stipulation of drug court in the agreement with prosecutors, that they believe he has a drug problem.
“This looks like a last-chance deal with you, with this record,” Shepherd told Everett. “I hope you make it [in the drug-court program], but if you don’t... .”
Shepherd again told Everett he is being given his “last chance,” and said his suspended sentenced could be revoked and Everett could spend time in prison if he fails to follow the rules to which he agreed.