Former Luther Town Trustee Richard Smith will not face a jury on his 2015 charges related to copper theft.
The trial was scheduled to begin Monday, January 23, 2017.
His attorney said Smith entered a blind plea on Friday.
James Richard Smith was arrested in June 2015 after Oklahoma County authorities alleged he ordered jail inmates to strip copper wires out of the donated sirens that were placed outside. The City of Del City had donated the sirens to be utilized in Luther as a public warning system.
Smith who was 66 years old at the time of his arrest, has been out on bond while the case has made it’s way through the system. He served on the Luther Town Board for 12 years, according to reports.
The blind plea means a judge will sentence him on a date not yet published.
UPDATE: According to court records, Mr. Smith will be formally sentenced on March 29, 2017, before Oklahoma County District Judy Cindy Truong.