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7/12/2013 8:59:00 PM
Ex-con accused of domestic abuse
By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent

An ex-convict with a criminal record in four states -- who is on probation for hitting an 80-pound woman with a billy club -- has been jailed on $50,000 bail on charges of assaulting his wife at their Yale residence on two occasions.

Rocky John McCraw, 48, who is 6'4" and weighs 230 pounds according to an emergency protective order obtained by his wife on July 1, also has been charged with possessing the drugs, methamphetamine and Adderall.

If convicted of all of his Payne County charges, McCraw could be sentenced to life in prison plus 24 years and fined $50,000. McCraw has been ordered to appear in court on Aug. 5.

In his latest domestic abuse charge, McCraw has been accused of slamming his wife against a wall and choking her to the point she lost consciousness on June 26 at their home.

In her application for a protective order, she wrote that they have been married for 14 months and "he has been very abusive in the past."

"On June 26, 2013, he was laying on the couch. I said something that pissed him off so he threw a can of beer at me.

"He came over to me, grabbed my head, started beating it into the wall, and then he took me into the bedroom, put his hands over my nose and mouth to keep me from breathing and I blacked out.

"His nephew was there when this started, but he left because he was afraid. When I came to after he tried to shut off my breathing, Rocky was gone. I called the police.

"I was afraid he was going to kill me. The police said they would arrest him when they found him.

"I was taken by ambulance to the hospital. I had contusions and a lot of knots and bumps on the back of my head.

"Rocky showed up June 29, 2013. Police were called by someone and they arrived right after Rocky got home. He was arrested," and charged with domestic assault and battery by strangulation, she wrote in her petition for a protective order, which was granted.

"He is currently in the Payne County Jail. I need this protective order to keep him away from me before he kills me," she wrote. After that alleged incident, McCraw was also charged with having previously abused his wife by punching her in the face so hard that she lost consciousness on April 27, court records show.

McCraw was also charged with possessing the drug methamphetamine at his residence with the intent to deliver it, and also possessing Adderall, both on June 2 in Yale.

Four months ago, McCraw was placed on five years' probation and ordered to comply with all recommendations in a background report -- for hitting an 80-pound woman in the back with a billy club at his residence on Nov. 22, 2012.

In a background report compiled for the court five months ago by state Department of Corrections Community Sentencing Division Local Administrator Dee Miller in Stillwater, McCraw described himself as a "happy drunk."

"Mr. McCraw reported that he believes that he has been arrested between 15 and 20 times as an adult and that he has at least five convictions.

"He stated that his first arrest occurred when he was in the 8th grade, after stealing a knife. The defendant reports that he was arrested in 1980 when he was in the Marines and stole an air gun and was placed on probation," the report said.

McCraw was convicted in 1987 of theft in Prescott, Arizona, in 1991 of narcotic equipment possession in Long Beach, California, in 1992 of cocaine possession in Prescott Valley, AZ. and drug possession in Phoenix, AZ., in 1997 of theft in Fulton County, Georgia, and in 2000 of possession or receiving stolen property in Payne, Logan and Oklahoma Counties -- for which he was given a 10-year prison term.

McCraw was also convicted in 2006 of drug possession in Phoenix, AZ, for which he was given a three-year prison term, the report said.

McCraw said that he graduated from Buckeye High School in Arizona from which he was suspended for stealing, the report said.

McCraw said that he had worked mostly as a truck driver, but was employed from 1983 to 1985 at National Standard "and lost his employment due to cocaine addiction," the report said.

McCraw said that "this is his fifth marriage, and he has been married to his current wife since March 8, 2012, and they have a very good relationship," the report said. He was subsequently charged with twice abusing her, court records show. "He stated that he has used every type of drug that was available. He reports that his last use was just prior to his (November 2012) arrest when he was using meth intravenously.

"Mr. McCraw reported that he began using marijuana in the 9th grade along with hashish, mushrooms and LSD that he only used once at a party.

"He stated that cocaine was his drug of choice. He stated that he had attended three separate inpatient treatment programs.

"Mr. McCraw stated that he has no need for mental health counseling at this time. He reports having a prior diagnosis of anxiety and depression and has medication for both," the report said.

When he was sentenced in March in that domestic abuse case, McCraw was ordered to comply with all the treatment recommendations in the report -- including following recommendations from a substance abuse and Mender's evaluation, having random alcohol and drug testing, taking cognitive behavior training and a life skills course, having pain or medication management, and performing community service if physically able.

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