Former OSU player pleads guilty in Oklahoma City home invasion

Tuesday, March 25th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A former Oklahoma State University football player pleaded guilty Monday to a 2001 Thanksgiving Day home invasion in northwest Oklahoma City.

Jermaine Lynn Birdow, 26, of Edmond, pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts during jury selection of his trial in Oklahoma County District Court.

He entered a blind plea to two counts of robbery with firearms, three counts of pointing a firearm at another, two counts of larceny of an automobile, two counts of kidnapping for the purpose of extortion and one count each of first-degree burglary, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a felony _ robbery with a firearm.

District Judge Susan Caswell will decide his sentence May 12.

Birdow, a linebacker from 1995 to 1999 at OSU and the University of Central Oklahoma, made the McDonald's All-State Football Team during his senior year at Lawton High School.

He is the second of four defendants to plead guilty in the Nov. 22, 2001, invasion of the home of Samir and Najaya Khalil.

Ihsan Sala Jabbar, an Iraqi citizen, pleaded guilty Friday, saying a he would be unable to get a fair trial right now because he is an Iraqi citizen.

Jabbar, 29, will also be sentenced May 12.

Jury selection continued Monday for another defendant El Alami El Mansouri, 32, of Oklahoma City.

The fourth defendant, Johnnie W. Johnson, 30, of Oklahoma City, has been granted a separate trial that is pending.