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7/1/2014 6:00:00 AM
Yucca man gets 21 years for killing mother
Roger Drake
Roger Drake
Carol Drake
Carol Drake
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A severely mentally ill man who appeared eager to go to prison for killing his mother was sentenced to 21 years Monday in Mohave County Superior Court.

Roger Edward Drake, 47, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder June 4 in the killing of Carol Drake, 66, in February of 2013.

He beat and stabbed his mother before burying her body in a shallow grave in the yard of the home they shared in Yucca.

Doctors determined Drake, who has suffered from serious mental health issues his entire life, was insane when he killed his mom.

"My client wants to do time," said Mohave County Legal Defender Ron Gilleo. "He wants to do 21 years."

Drake agreed to the term, which is four years shy of the maximum sentence one could receive for second-degree murder. The offense carries a minimum 10-year term.

Judge Derek Carlisle accepted the sentencing agreement based on aggravating factors. The victim was over 65 years old and, according to Carlisle, the medical examiner noted several defensive wounds were on her body, meaning that she likely felt pain and had time to "contemplate her fate" before she died.

But the judge also noted Drake's severe mental illness - he told Mohave County Sheriff's deputies the "dream police" told him to kill his mother - is well documented and that he had several reports that state Drake was legally insane when the crime was committed.

Of the 500 days Drake has been in custody since his arrest, 329 of them were spent with state doctors who worked to restore his sanity.

Last month, Carlisle took pains to explain to Drake that he could plead guilty except insane, which, if accepted, would have allowed him to go to the state hospital in Phoenix rather than prison, but Drake was adamant he wanted to serve time.

Carlisle gave Drake credit for those 500 days and ordered him to pay about $9,900 in restitution for the cost of his prosecution and treatment, money that will be taken out of his inmate account.

Drake, disheveled and badly in need of a haircut, was, as always, exceedingly polite to Carlisle and Gilleo.

"You're a great attorney," he said to Gilleo after his sentencing. "Thank you."

Neither Gilleo nor Chief Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack knew where Drake might do his time, but both men said it is unlikely he would be exposed to other inmates in general population and would receive treatment for his paranoid schizophrenia.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Not sure where the insurance refusing medication came from, possibly in some other more detailed report?”

Yes, Vic, it came from an early news report at the time of the discovery of the woman’s body. So you’re “not sure” proves to be…well, you know. Research – THEN say something.


Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"...good to see the compassionate conservatives demanding Drake be killed immediately."

Thats a plural statement...I only see one person advocating such a thing.

Not sure where the insurance refusing medication came from, possibly in some other more detailed report?

As to the doctor seeing him and the finances...do you folks really think a doctor spends hours and hours with a patient. 30-40 minutes max. Times 8 hrs in a typical day. They are also under contract, so they may see 20 or only 10. That's their decision when they sign up.


Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

There is little doubt this one is a mess, but it’s so good to see the compassionate conservatives demanding Drake be killed immediately.

Where can “blame” be placed in this nightmare? At Drake? Doubt it he has been known to be mentally unstable for years. His mother? Nah, she was the victim of attempting to care for her mentally ill son. The government? Well, that is one consideration allowing for the fact the state has dramatically cut funding to care for the mentally ill – thereby giving them (or their families) nowhere to turn. How about the insurance company that refused to fill the prescriptions for Drake that kept him in a balanced state? That one is where I place the blame for this tragedy. It was obvious that once back on his medication Drake knew what he did was wrong and accepted it, going so far as to saying he felt the prison sentence was warranted.

Perhaps, to keep the compassionate placated in the future, we should adopt a plan to kill anyone who is determined to be mentally unbalanced – at as early an age as possible to prevent them from hurting someone. Whata’ya think of that as a solution?


Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: TO LATE MR. C.

sad,the state couldn't have given him twenty years of mental health, before he killed he's mother...

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous1 anonymous1

Tragic case for the mother and son, insanity I guess is something many who posted here cannot fathom or seem to think cannot ever happen to them, reminds me of the old biblical passage referring to do not ignore the poor, hungry, the naked the sick or those in prison, that last part always puzzled me, cases like this make me understand, if one is in prison and not innocent but guilty they are sick of the mind or soul or both! But for the grace of God there go I, I think I will leave this mans judgment to God and his son Jesus, and worry about the timber in my own eye instead of the splinter in his! Many people will find themselves on that lake of fire with the sinners, harlots, thieves, murderer's etc., Jesus did not come to save the saved, but the lost! Many posting here are consumed with hate, bitterness, vile, I wonder who needs pity the insane or the sane who Jesus will ignore on judgment day!

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: wallie cleaver

He wants to do 21 years, shouldn't have any say in the matter... what so ever. Suffered from mental disorders his whole life and was insane at the time of the murder? should be locked up for ever...what liberal blabber.

Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

Thai Mai Shu,
Don't worry, this is a government deal. The doctor probably turned in paperwork for seeing at least 10 (if not 20) other patients every day in addition to this scumbag.


Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Article comment by: desert dweller

Hang him...NOW....I hate to tell the do gooders but this evil b-----d will still be INSANE 21 years from now...what you gonna do then bro...turn him loose?

Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

re: "Of the 500 days Drake has been in custody since his arrest, 329 of them were spent with state doctors who worked to restore his sanity.

Carlisle gave Drake credit for those 500 days and ordered him to pay about $9,900 in restitution for the cost of his prosecution and treatment, money that will be taken out of his inmate account."

$30.09 per day spent on trying to restore this guy's sanity......I wonder where they found a mental health expert willing to work so cheap?




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