An Ardmore man, who fled a Carter County District courtroom in June just minutes before a jury convicted him of trafficking crack cocaine, was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday.


An Ardmore man, who fled a Carter County District courtroom in June just minutes before a jury convicted him of trafficking crack cocaine, was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday.

 

Dylan Roberson wasn’t in the courtroom June 14 to hear the jury’s guilty verdict, or their subsequent recommendation he be sentenced to life without parole for the November 2009 crime, but Tuesday Associate District Judge Lee Card carried out the jury’s recommendation. Card also sentenced Roberson to an additional 25 years in a crack cocaine possession case that remained on the court trial docket.

 

Roberson, also known as Dylan Knight, was arrested in February in the second case. He was free on bond in the trafficking case and awaiting his June trial when he was nabbed the second time.

 

Roberson pleaded guilty to the charge in a plea negotiation with prosecutors. The guilty plea was exchanged for District Attorney Craig Ladd’s promise not to seek bond-jumping charges against him in connection with his unexpected disappearance from his trial.

 

Card ordered Roberson to serve the 25 years “concurrently” with the life without parole sentence. Tuesday’s sentences were not Roberson’s first in Carter County. His criminal history indicates a prior 2002 conviction for drug trafficking and a 2003 conviction for drug distribution.

 

Roberson had managed to squeeze out four months of freedom when he bolted from the courtroom in June. It was the lure of cash rewards the led to his capture Oct. 1. Sgt. Kevin Norris, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said investigators received a phone call asking if rewards were still being offered for information on Roberson’s whereabouts. When the rewards were confirmed, his location was revealed. Norris said local investigators relayed the information to the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force, who netted him at an Oklahoma City residence.

 

“Roberson tried to run out the back door but was caught. He then tried to give them a false name, but was identified by the photographs we had supplied. A search of the residence also uncovered several ounces of crack cocaine and a firearm,” Norris said at the time of the capture.

 

Roberson was subsequently detained on a series of new charges and another $96,000 bond obtained by the U.S. Marshall’s Service.

 

Following his court appearance Tuesday, Roberson was transferred back to the Oklahoma County Jail to face the pending charges in connection with his arrest there.

 

Meanwhile, local authorities are hoping reward cash will also bring in the information investigators need to capture Roberson’s co-defendant, Ricky Murph Jr. Murph also faces charges in two separate crack cocaine cases. He is currently wanted on arrest warrants carrying  $1 million bonds.

 

Anyone with information concerning Murph’s whereabouts is urged to call police headquarters at (580) 223-1212 or CrimeStoppers at (580) 504-4LAW (4529).