A Carter County jury deliberated about three hours Tuesday before convicting a 26-year-old door-to-door salesman who decided to try his hand at first-degree robbery.
Jurors returned the guilty verdict against Manuel Tuesca Jr. The jury recommended Tuesca serve 10 years in a state prison for the Feb. 11 holdup. District Judge Dennis Morris, who presided over the case, has set formal sentencing for 11 a.m. Sept. 10. District Attorney Craig Ladd, who prosecuted the case, called several witnesses to testify in the trial that kicked off the current jury docket on Monday morning. Witnesses for the state included the 85-year-old Ardmore man Tuesca robbed. Also called to the stand were a number of Ardmore police officers, including Detective Brandon Cathey, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations, who led the investigation.
Jurors heard testimony that Tuesca entered the victim’s southwest neighborhood home and demanded money. Tuesca did not display a weapon at the time, but threatened the victim that he would return and harm him with a knife if he contacted police.
Tuesca has no prior criminal history in Oklahoma, but reportedly does have a criminal history that includes previous robbery convictions in Florida.
He is currently detained at the Carter County Detention Center awaiting his formal sentencing appearance in district court.
Discussing the case, Cathey said he was very pleased with the verdict and the outcome of the case.