D.A. Files Additional Charges Against Men Accused Of Paralyzing Police Officer


Thursday, March 3rd 2011, 6:09 pm
By: News 9


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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma County District Attorney has filed additional charges against three men accused of paralyzing Oklahoma City Police Officer Chad Peery.

Josh Rinken, Jimmy Smith and Cadmio Lopez have each been charged with maiming and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Thursday, the Oklahoma County District Attorney amended the charges to include assault and battery by means or force as is likely to cause death. The additional charge carries a life sentence, which would mean the men could face life in prison.

Police said on Tuesday, Feb. 15, Peery was watching a game with his dad when employees at the restaurant -- who knew he was a police officer -- asked him to break up a fight. Witnesses said Rinken, Smith and Lopez were arguing with other customers. Peery stepped in and as he was escorting Rinken and Smith out of Dan O'Briens, they suddenly attacked him. Witness said Lopez prevented anyone from trying to stop the assault. Police said after the men beat Peery until he was unconscious, all three suspects ran to their cars and drove away.

Peery sustained a spinal cord injury in the attack. He is paralyzed from the neck down and remains in intensive care.

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