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Wed, Jan. 22

Change of plea hearing set for Arkansas defendant

Claude Bryan Oakley, who allegedly assaulted a Kingman woman, set fire to her home and held off firefighters and police officers in May, is expected to plead guilty to reduced charges later this month.

A change of plea hearing was set Wednesday for Oct.

23 in Mohave County Superior Court.

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.

Oakley, from Pine Bluff, Ark., reportedly met his alleged victim on the Internet and moved to this area several days before he allegedly broke into her house on Casey Plaza May 14 and set the home on fire.

He allegedly stabbed the woman and assaulted her estranged husband, who was not injured.

The woman fled down the street for help.

She 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 local firefighters who responded to the fire.

A standoff with officers ended when they fired non-lethal pepperball and beanbag rounds at Oakley before they subdued him on a nearby street.

Oakley, 36, also allegedly sexually assaulted the woman several days before his arrest.

Six years ago, 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 before his arrest.

In that case, 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 ordered not to leave Arkansas.

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

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