OPSU student pleads guilty

by Sarah Lewers

The Guymon Daily Herald

Guymon— Seven Oklahoma Panhandle State University students were charged with drug-related offenses on Oct. 10 at the Texas County Courthouse. Three of the students are football players and two are members of the golf team.

Tyler James Childress, 20, pled guilty to misdemeanor public intoxication. The charge carries a possible sentence of five to 30 days in county jail plus a fine ranging between $10 and $100.

Associate District Judge of Texas County, the Honorable Ryan D. Reddick, asked Childress if he was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana.

“Yes,” Childress said.

Childress was issued a fine of $50 plus court costs, payable by Jan. 2, 2006 .

Russell Brandon Bryant, 20, of the OPSU golf team, was charged with felony possession of a counterfeit driver's license. If convicted Bryant could face up to $10,000 in fines and up to seven years in an Oklahoma state penitentiary.

Bryant was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Each charge carries a possible sentence of one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if Bryant is found guilty.

Bryant requested court-appointed counsel. Reddick explained Bryant must consult three attorneys. If he determines he is unable to afford private representation Bryant must complete an application for court-appointed counsel for review by the court.

Reddick extended Bryant's $3,000 bond until his hearing to determine eligibility for court appointed counsel set for Oct. 24.

Kacey Carbery, 26, of the OPSU golf team, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Each charge carries a possible sentence of one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if Carbery is found guilty.

Carbery is set to enter a plea at an arraignment hearing on Nov. 7.

Justin Cannon, 20, of the OPSU football team, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Cannon, a sophomore at OPSU, plays as a defensive lineman for the team.

Reddick extended Cannon's $3,000 bond until he enters a plea at his arraignment set for Nov. 7. If convicted, Cannon could face up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Brant Joseph Domnanish, 22, of the OPSU football team, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Domnanish, a senior at OPSU, plays as an offensive lineman for the team.

Domnanish also requested court-appointed counsel.

Reddick extended Domnanish's $3,000 bond until his hearing to determine eligiblity for court-appointed counsel set for Oct. 24.

If convicted Domnanish could face up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Joseph Wesley Wise, 22, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Wise is a senior at OPSU.

Reddick extended Wise's $3,000 bond until he enters a plea at his arraignment set for Nov. 7. If convicted Wise could face up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Joshua Setzer, 21, of the OPSU football team was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Setzer, a senior at OPSU, plays as a running back for the team.

Reddick extended Setzer's $3,000 bond until he enters a plea at his arraignment set for Nov. 7. Each charge carries a possible sentence of one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000 if Setzer is found guilty.

Setzer is the football event coordinator for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at OPSU. The SAAC is “a group of student athletes assembled to provide insight on the overall student athlete experience,” according to a press release from OPSU.

The committee “offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student athletes lives on NCAA member institutions,” the press release said.

Six students refused to comment. Childress was unavailable.

Scott Puryear, sports information director for OPSU, said the matter is currently under investigation by the university.

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