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6/27/2013 8:26:00 PM
Ex-con sentenced for beating local man
By Patti Weaver, Journal Correspondent

An ex-convict from Tryon -- who was released from prison about three years ago -- has been placed on probation for five years for severely beating a Perkins man on Thanksgiving in Cushing.

Rickey Dale Chester, 32, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated assault and battery of the victim, who received a fracture to his facial bones.

Chester also admitted Friday to beating a fellow prisoner in the Payne County Jail -- who was hit in the head and face about 20 times, court records show.

As part of a plea bargain approved in court Friday by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, Chester was given a 90-day jail term, which he has already served, as a condition of a five-year suspended sentence.

Chester was ordered Friday to complete an anger resolution course within one year, to perform 75 hours of community service, to pay a $500 fine and to contribute $100 to the victims' compensation fund.

First Assistant District Attorney Mike Kulling told the judge in court Friday that he had "a personal dialogue with the victims in each case." On Thanksgiving of last year in Cushing, Chester punched and kicked a man -- who thought that Chester was his friend, according to court records.

Chester was initially freed on $10,000 bail on that charge, but when he failed to appear in court, he was re-arrested and held on $100,000 bond on April 11.

About six weeks later, while he was in the Payne County Jail, Chester got on top of another prisoner and hit him about 20 times before another inmate pulled him off, court records show.

The beaten prisoner had to be taken to the Stillwater Medical Center for treatment for his injuries from the May 21 incident, which was captured on jail security video, court records show.

Chester got out of prison in February 2010 after serving about 14 months of a five-year sentence for pointing a gun at a woman and possessing methamphetamine, both in 2004 in Payne County.

For both crimes, Chester had originally been given probation, which was changed to incarceration in 2008, court records show.

Chester also had received probation in 1999 for second-degree burglary in Payne County, state Department of Corrections records show.

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