Ex-OU Student Who Pulled Gun Sentenced To 3 Years

Friday, July 10th 2009, 11:22 am
By: News On 6

Associated Press

NORMAN, OK -- A former University of Oklahoma student has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident in which police said he pulled a gun on a teacher.

Michael Joseph Childers pleaded guilty Thursday to kidnapping and using a firearm while committing a felony.

A Cleveland County judge sentenced the 27-year-old Childers to 10 years in prison for kidnapping, with seven of those years suspended.

The judge issued an identical sentence on the firearm charge. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Childers effectively will serve three years in prison.

Police say Childers pointed a handgun at Japanese instructor Mano Yasuda on Feb. 13 inside Kaufman Hall and tried to force her to leave the building with him before others came to her aid and he fled.

He was arrested later that evening in Broken Arrow.