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Jury convicts man of being high, driving

A Stephens County jury recommended five years in prison for a Wilson man found guilty of driving while high on methamphetamine, but exonerated him for the death of another man during a December 2012 collision. 
The jury found John Judson Claxton, 38, not guilty Thursday in Stephens County District Court of first-degree manslaughter but convicted him of driving under the influence of methamphetamines, court records indicate. 
Claxton was arrested for driving under suspension following the wreck that claimed the life of Robert Bench of Duncan. He is alleged to have been driving a tractor-trailer rig carrying approximately 80,000 pounds of liquid that was traveling west on Oklahoma 7 when Bench turned to go east onto the highway in front of the loaded truck and was struck in the intersection. Claxton was charged because he was driving while his privilege to drive was revoked. He had no class D driving privilege, no commercial driver's license and no hazardous materials certification, and his driving privileges had been revoked in the State of Oklahoma approximately eight times in the last 15 years.

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