Oklahoma victims sue over shooter’s wrongful prison release

The Associated Press - June 17, 2017 9:24 am

Oklahoma victims sue over shooter’s wrongful prison release
EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) – Victims of a fatal bank robbery in eastern Oklahoma are suing over the shooter’s improper prison release.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Randy Peterson, who was president of the Bank of Eufaula when fatally shot in the January 2016 robbery. Other plaintiffs include an employee who survived.
The shooter, Cedric Norris, had twice been released from Texas prisons despite having a 60-year sentence to serve in Oklahoma for robbery convictions in Tulsa and Creek counties. Police fatally shot Norris after the bank robbery.
The lawsuit accuses the counties and the Corrections Department of failing to ensure Norris carried out his prison sentences.
Creek County prosecutors have said miscommunication between Texas and Oklahoma resulted in Norris’ release.
Department spokesman Mark Myers declined comment Friday, citing the pending litigation.

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