A Haskell man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in 2009.
On Tuesday, District Judge Darrell Shepherd upheld the jury’s recommendations on the January conviction of Brandon Wayne Brunson, 37.
Brunson was convicted on charges of conspiracy, kidnapping, attempting to commit rape in the first degree, two counts of forcible sodomy and procuring/producing/processing juvenile pornography.
Brunson was found not guilty on a charge of rape by instrumentation.
Brunson and Brittany Michelle Pritchett, 20, also of Haskell, had been arrested on allegations they kidnapped a 13-year-old girl from Broken Arrow in November of 2009 and gave her meth intravenously and sexually assaulted her.
Pritchett also faced the same charges as Brunson but entered a plea agreement as she was a witness for the prosecution at the trial.
Pritchett pleaded guilty to an amended charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and sentenced to 10 years suspended.
She also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and was sentenced to serve five years in prison and five years on probation.
Both sentences are consecutive which means Pritchett will be on probation for 15 years following her release from prison, which according to records from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections will be in 2014.
The jury had recommended Brunson be sentenced to life on the convictions of conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping and possession of child pornography, 200 years each on the forcible sodomy convictions and 150 years on the first-degree rape conviction, which Shepherd upheld on Tuesday.
All sentences are consecutive.
District Attorney Brian Kuester, who was the prosecutor in the case, said that justice has been served.
“The memory of the horror that he (Brunson) put this young lady through will sadly not be erased by the sentence,” Kuester commented. “But she, her family and the community can take solace in the fact that Brandon Brunson will never be able to commit such horrific acts again.”
Brittany Pritchett was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and kidnapping