BRISTOW – A Mannford-area man who is accused of involving his three young sons in the making of methamphetamine and allegedly gave them drugs to use waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday.
A June 1 arraignment has been set for Michael Lee Hagar, 39.
Prosecutor Don Nelson said he has offered Hagar a plea that calls for a 40-year prison term with a provision that he serve 25 years before he could be released. Hagar has already rejected a plea offer from Nelson that called for a stiffer prison term.
Hagar was arrested Feb. 23 during a raid on his home four miles southwest of Mannford. He was charged with nine felony counts, most of them drug-related, plus three counts of child endangerment on allegations that he involved his sons, ages 10, 14 and 17, in the production of meth.
He is in the Creek County Jail with bail set at $230,000.
His wife, Freda Karlene Hagar, 39, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday, but the proceeding was continued after Nelson filed additional charges against her in the case.
Freda Hagar told police officers Feb. 23 that she had no knowledge of drug activity at the residence even though drug-making equipment was found in plain sight in the couple’s bedroom, authorities said.
She was charged with three felony counts of child neglect and is free on $75,000 bond.
Nelson filed three additional charges against Freda Hagar on Thursday – maintaining a place to keep or sell a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
Nelson said he is still weighing whether to charge her with methamphetamine possession, also a felony. He said he’s determined to see that she serves prison time.
Three other people were arrested at the residence Feb. 23 – Chelsea Lee Gordon, 23, and Bryce Mitchell, 21, both of Mannford; and Jacob Wayne Talley, 20, of Tulsa.
They were charged with multiple counts of child endangerment and drug and weapons crimes.
The three also were scheduled for preliminary hearings Friday. Talley waived his right to that hearing and faces a May 25 arraignment. The hearings for Gordon and Mitchell were continued until May 27.
Police said the Hagars’ three sons told them they had used methamphetamine and marijuana given to them by their father.
The two oldest boys tested positive for drugs, and the youngest said he had used meth two weeks earlier and smoked marijuana the day of the raid, police said.
The children were removed from the residence by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.