OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Former State Representative Randy Terrill has gone from the hall of power at the State Capitol building to a cell in county jail.
Terrill learned the jury’s guilty verdict just before 7 pm.
Jurors recommended he spend a year in jail and pay a $5,000 fine.
News Channel 4’s Courtney Francisco spoke with Terrill as officers led him away.
He stood silent and made no reaction when Judge Cindy Truong read the guilty verdict.
Prosecutors say he offered to create a new state job for former State Senator Debbe Leftwich.
The pay would be $80,000 a year.
In exchange, the prosecution says she would not run for re-election.
“We wanted the opportunity to present our evidence in this case. We did that. We are obviously pleased with the jury’s verdict,” Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said.
Once the decision was in, officers handcuffed Terrill and led him out of the courtroom.
When asked how he felt about the decision Terrill said, “I’m going to defer comment to Chris but you guys can hit him up he’s right behind me.”
His attorney, Chris Eulberg, plans to appeal the decision.
He argued during the trial that Leftwich never filed for re-election, therefore, there was no bribe.
“I’m very disappointed, and I’m confident it will be turned over on appeal,” said Eulberg.
Earlier in the day, just after testifying, Terrill was confident as well.
“I think the truth did come out. I hope that the jury will be able to see through that,” said Terrill. “I hope my reputation will be restored, and I look forward to being exonerated and hopefully vindicated.”
When that didn’t happen, Terrill wouldn’t say if he was disappointed.
“Catch me at 1:30 tomorrow and I’ll tell you,” said Terrill.
That’s when the judge will decide if he will have to sit in jail until his sentencing date in December or if he can bond out immediately.
Formal sentencing is set for Dec. 5. Leftwich’s trial begins in December as well.
Video of Randy Terrill being led out of the court room:
Attorney, David McKenzie gives NewsChannel 4’s Linda Cavanaugh a legal analysis of this trial.