Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Local News

September 19, 2013

Fate awaits break-in suspects — Two suspects involved in a 2010 plot to break-in and rob alleged drug dealers in Pauls Valley and Elmore City homes, resulting in a night of terror for those inside, are expected to soon find out their fate.

After already switching their pleas to guilty or no contest for some counts, Justin Robbins and Jonathon Smith, both 24, are scheduled to be sentenced next week in a home invasion case that has two other suspects set up with long prison terms.

Robbins and Smith have admitted being among the four masked men who forced their way in to burglarize the two area homes on Nov. 14-15 nearly three years ago.

Along with the items stolen, they wound up terrorizing and brutally beating those inside as one other suspect who was part of the group stayed outside serving as the “get away” driver.

With potential prison terms looming the real differences between the two are the results of their pre-sentence investigations, which is a standard practice for defendants about to be sentenced.

One report shows Robbins admits his involvement in the crimes and appears to take responsibility for his actions.

Robbins is also getting letters of support, including one from a PV pastor who is among those claiming he’s a changed man by finding religion and ministering to area youth today.

The report on Smith shows he doesn’t appear to accept responsibility, instead claiming he was under the influence of drugs at the time and didn’t know what he was doing.

In the report for Robbins he claimed it was the scheme of Steven Thompson, 34, also known as “Petey G,” to break in and rob the two homes.

This past April a jury found Thompson guilty on eight of nine criminal counts he faced. Last month he was sentenced to a 25-year term in prison.

“He said it would be simple — in and out,” Robbins told the officer conducting the sentencing investigation while referring to Thompson.

The idea, he said, was to go into the houses and steal large amounts of methamphetamine and cash.

According to Robbins, after the first break-in the stolen items were taken to the PV area home of Tygue Stephens, 29, where the meth was weighed by Thompson and split equally among the five men.

Robbins claimed they smoked the meth and then committed the home invasion in Elmore City.

Since that time Robbins claimed to have changed with his involvement in a local church.

“I pray continually for the chance to live outside of bars and vowed to the Lord if that chance was given to me I would spend my life glorifying God.”

Robbins’ claim was supported by at least three letters of support already submitted to the court.

The story is much different for Smith, which the report shows appears to remain a threat to the community because of continued use of meth and alcohol.

“Probation would not be a sufficient deterrent in this case,” the report showed.

“Smith does not appear to accept responsibility for the current criminal charges.

“He indicates that he was just with some acquaintances and had been drinking and smoked meth. Smith advised that had he not been under the influence he would not have been involved in the crime.”

As for Stephens, his non-jury trial scheduled for November has since been changed to a status conference.

The fifth defendant in the case, Derrick Lane, 23, has already been given a 20-year prison sentence.

Text Only
Local News
  • Dancing VBS Good times for VBS volunteers

    Summer can provide a plethora of enriching opportunities for kids with plenty of time to spend. One of the most popular avenues has always been the good old-fashioned vacation Bible school.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pup up for adoption 7-25-14 Pauls Valley Pup up for Adoption


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • One hurt in head-on wreck

    Authorities are not sure what caused a vehicle to veer to the left resulting in a head-on collision near Hennepin early Wednesday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Winners plentiful at peach festival

    With no shortage of visitors making the Stratford Peach Festival a summer destination, it was a win-win situation for all parties this past weekend.

    July 24, 2014

  • Indian Meridian and Grant Wreck Indian Meridian and Grant Wreck


    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Search on for new 911 boss

    The search for a replacement is now on after it was announced the coordinator of Garvin County’s 911 center is stepping down.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stratford Peach Festival 2014 PeachFest draws big crowd

    Unseasonably comfortable weather, a day full of family fun and one of the best fruit crops in recent years. Mix that together and you have one of the best-attended Stratford Peach Festival’s on record.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • ‘Evening in the Valley’ set

    It might still be summer but some in Pauls Valley already have an eye on a new school year right around the corner.

    July 23, 2014

  • PV City meetings set for 6 tonight

    The Pauls Valley City Council, PV Hospital Authority and Municipal Authority have set their meetings at city hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • DHS Caregiver Awards Love of client pales next to awards

    On any given day one can find a good story about caregivers going the extra mile to meet the needs of acutely disabled individuals.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp