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Plea may be in works for Arkansas man charged with 10 felonies

A plea agreement could be offered this week to an Arkansas man charged with assaulting a Kingman woman and burning her home while holding police officers at bay in May.

During a hearing Monday in Mohave County Superior Court, Deputy County Attorney Ken Skousen said that a plea agreement might be extended to Claude Bryan Oakley by Friday.

Oakley is charged with two counts of sexual assault, first-degree burglary, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, arson of an occupied structure and resisting arrest, all felonies.

Judge Richard Weiss set an omnibus hearing for Aug.


During an omnibus hearing, a trial date is usually set, unless the defendant enters into a plea agreement before then.

Oakley's attorney, Carlene Lacy, asked Weiss that an omnibus hearing be delayed because of extensive investigation in the case.

"There is quite a bit of information that needs to be investigated," Lacy said.

Investigators said Oakley, from Pine Bluff, Ark., met a Kingman woman on the Internet and moved to the area several days before allegedly breaking into and setting fire to her house on Casey Plaza on May 14.

Oakley is charged with stabbing the woman and assaulting her estranged husband.

The husband was not injured.

The woman fled for help and was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center with minor stab wounds.

Kingman police officers and Mohave County sheriff's deputies discovered Oakley nearby wielding a knife.

Oakley also allegedly threatened firefighters.

Officers fired non-lethal pepperball and beanbag rounds at Oakley before subduing him.

Oakley, 36, also is charged with sexually assaulting the woman several days before his arrest.

He was sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison in Arkansas for a 1995 incident in which he stabbed his estranged wife and her older son and held his infant son hostage.

He was convicted of first-degree attempted murder and second-degree attempted murder, two counts of terrorist threatening, two counts of kidnapping, residential burglary and false imprisonment of the infant son.

Oakley was paroled last year after about five years in prison, placed under supervision and told not to leave Arkansas.

He is in Mohave County Jail on $300,000 bond.

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