Juan Murph waived his rights to a preliminary hearing Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He earned the charge a month ago when he was arrested by Ardmore police. The waiver action puts the case on the fast track to trial with formal arraignment set for May 3. But the latest charge could come at the cost of the revocation of his previous sentence based on his conviction connected to his status as a Hoover Crip.
Two years ago Murph opted to plead guilty in a case charging him, along with 11 other Hoover Crips, with conspiracy to violate the state’s  racketeering laws. As one of the younger gang members netted in a roundup of what was described as the “leadership” of the local gang affiliates, he had the option of entering a guilty plea in exchange for a stint in the state’s youthful offender program. He took the deal. He went to what’s called the prison system’s boot camp.
In February 2016, having completed the boot camp,  Murph appeared back in
Carter County District Court. He was ordered to serve a deferred sentence linked to the charge. But that all changed with his March arrest. District Attorney Craig Ladd has filed a motion to accelerate his earlier sentence. If Ladd’s successful in the bid to recall the deferred sentence, the now 22-year-old could be looking at years 10 years behind bars.
Currently Murph is detained in the Carter County Detention Center. If convicted on the latest charge he also faces a fine of up to $20,000 and two years in prison.
Murph is the second Hoover Crip who has faced revocation of his deferred sentence in the conspiracy case. Justus Swan also exchanged a guilty plea for the DOC boot camp. But shortly after he was released and given a deferred sentence, he was charged with first-degree robbery. He pleaded guilty in that case in January in Carter County District Court. Swan was sentenced to seven years in that case. His deferred sentence was also revoked and he was ordered to serve  10 years on the conspiracy conviction. He is currently incarcerated at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing.