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Man pleads guilty to felony pot charge

A man previously facing a felony charge appeared in court Friday to plead guilty to a lesser count.

Patrick Shields, 25, was arrested around 10:45 p.m. April 17 after employees at the Pizza Hut, 2311 Cache Road, chased him following what was reported to be an assault on another employee. The victim, who knew Shields, said Shields was friendly when he first came in, but he became aggressive and stabbed the employee in the head. The victim was not seriously injured and did not want to press charges.

When officers arrived, they found a large amount of methamphetamine in his pocket, resulting in a felony drug charge, according to court documents. However, the charge was amended to a misdemeanor count of carrying weapons and Shields was sentenced Friday to 10 days in jail, with credit for time already served, and fined $100. 

In a separate case, an east Lawton resident arrested in November after police said they uncovered a marijuana-by-mail operation at his trailer has also pleaded guilty to multiple counts. 

Jason R. Taylor, 26, was first apprehended by police Nov. 25 after investigators saw him leaving his mobile home at 601 NE Flower Mound with a cardboard box believed to be used to ship marijuana and stopped him in the car for a window tint violation. A subsequent search of his home revealed several canisters used to store the drug, currently or previously, were in the house along with paraphernalia. Taylor's girlfriend was also arrested after she told police she would smoke marijuana in a back room while her kids were asleep and that she knew drug sales were happening at the place she stayed with the two children, ages 5 and 2.

The Lawton Constitution

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