Man pleads guilty to manslaughter

Wednesday, August 16th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 26 for a Tulsa man who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a city employee. A Tulsa County prosecutor recommended a 30-year prison term fo rBrian Dean McFarland, who entered his plea Monday in the July 6 death of Deborah J. Wooten.

Police said Wooten, 48, was driving east on a city street and attempting to turn left when a pickup truck driven by McFarland ran a red light and struck her car. Blood drawn from McFarland at a hospital showed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.39 percent -- almost four times the 0.1 level that constitutes driving under the influence in Oklahoma, Assistant District Attorney Todd Chesbro said Tuesday. Wooten had been a deputy municipal court clerk at the David L. Moss Correctional Center since 1996 and had worked for the city in another capacity before that.