Ex-Creek County Judge Denied Parole

Monday, December 4th 2006, 3:03 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board unanimously denies parole Tuesday for a former district judge sentenced to prison for using a sexual device while presiding over trials in Creek County.

Terry Jenks, the executive director of the parole board, says the board voted 5-0 against granting early release to former Judge Donald Thompson.

During the board's meeting, special prosecutor Richard Smothermon, the district attorney for Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties, and assistant district attorney Pattye High lobbied against early release for Thompson.

They say the 60-year-old former judge has shown no remorse for his actions.

Thompson was sentenced to four consecutive one-year sentences in August for indecent exposure. Prosecutors claimed Thompson used a sexual device while presiding over trials between 2002 and 2003.

Thompson's attorney, Rob Nigh, told the board his client maintained his innocence and deserved to be considered for early release.