In October 2016, police say Joshua Keller and Kendra Jarrett broke into a west Tulsa home.
Vicky Wright, the homeowner, found Keller and Jarrett in her driveway. They gave her a sob story and told her their truck broke down. She helped them when they claimed to need gas, but when she left to run errands she came home to the crime scene.
Keller and Jarrett, seen on surveillance video, pulled into her carport and then Jarrett can be seen kicking in the door to the residence. While there, Jarrett and Keller beat, kicked and abused her two dogs.
After loading up the vehicle with her belongings - including $1,000 worth of DVDs, her laptop and jewelry, they fled.
The dogs have since made a full recovery.
Keller had been scheduled for a bond reduction hearing in LaFortune’s courtroom Tuesday before entering his guilty plea. In a motion to strengthen bail to at least $1 million, Assistant District Attorney Isaac Shields wrote that Keller was charged with seven felonies within four months.
Keller was released Jan. 27 on a $10,500 bond before missing a court date Feb. 13, having a bench warrant issued and being arrested again Feb. 19 due to his most recent case.
“In the present case, this defendant’s previous record on bail displays a pattern of going out and committing new crimes and failing to obey this court’s orders,” Shields said, calling Keller a “continuous risk to society” when not behind bars.
During a court appearance Tuesday, Keller took a plea deal for animal cruelty, burglary and larceny. He received the 23 year sentence in exchange for the plea.
District Judge William LaFortune handed down 23-year terms for each count but said they will run concurrently (all at the same time rather than one after another which would have meant 46 years in prison), and concurrently with other felony charges stemming from a Feb. 19 stolen-vehicle case.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections records indicate Keller has three felony theft-related convictions from 2002 to 2006. He was released last May after serving about 10 years of a 12-year sentence on a robbery conviction.
Jarrett, according to court documents, had 18 theft-related felony convictions across 12 cases from 2001 to 2011, mostly in Tulsa County. She was released in September 2014 after serving 3½ years of a 12-year sentence.
Jarrett appeared in court Wednesday, where court minutes indicate she waived her preliminary hearing. She is set to appear Monday before LaFortune for trial court arraignment.
Full Name: Kendra Mae Jarrett
Block: 1200 N Garfield Ave
City: Sand Springs, Oklahoma 74063
Weight: 60 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BRO
Time: 5:10 AM
Arresting Agency: TPD / STAGGS
Total Bond: $87750
#1 BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE. BOND: $3000
#2 LARCENY FROM A HOUSE. BOND: $2500
#3 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. BOND: $2000
#4 UNAUTHORIZED USE MV. BOND: $50000
#5 ELUDING (ENDANGERING OTHERS). BOND: $20000
#6 STOLEN PROPERTY (KCSP). BOND: $5000
#7 STOLEN PROPERTY (KCSP). BOND: $5000
#8 POSS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. BOND: $250
#9 HOLD/US MARSHALL'S HOLD
Full Name: Joshua Alan Keller
Block: 2800 E 44th Pl N
City: Tulsa, Oklahoma 74110
Weight: 60 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BLU
Time: 5:23 PM
Arresting Agency: TPD / BAKER
Total Bond: $6000
#1 ELUDING AFCF. BOND: $2000
#2 BURGLARY 2ND DEGREE
#3 LARCENY FROM A HOUSE
#4 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
#5 POSS STOLEN VEHICLE AFCF. BOND: $4000
(Fox23 - April 5, 2017)