Judge Sentences Third Man Accused Of Paralyzing OKC Officer


Thursday, July 12th 2012, 1:31 pm
By: News 9


The last of three men charged in the beating that paralyzed an Oklahoma City police officer is sentenced in court.

Joshua Rinken pleaded guilty on Wednesday and received 10 years in prison and 10 years probation.

Rinken, along with Jimmy Smith and Cadmio Lopez were charged in the February 2011 assault on Officer Chad Peery at Dan O'Brien's Pub in Oklahoma City. The beating left him paralyzed. Police said the three attacked Peery when he tried to break up a fight.

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Lopez was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 15 years of the sentence suspended. Smith accepted a plea deal earlier this year of 10 years in prison and 10 years of probation.

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