Cushing Ex-con Gets Jail Term For Attacking Officers
(Stillwater, Okla.) – An ex-convict from Cushing has pleaded guilty to hitting two Cushing police officers while he was intoxicated, six months after he got out of prison, and beating a fellow inmate in the Payne County Jail 11 months later.
Jack Dwayne Milligan, 41, was given a one-year jail term last week followed by four years’ probation with an order to have a substance abuse evaluation, perform any recommended follow-up and undergo random drug tests, along with paying $550 in fines and assessments for the attacks on police.
Milligan was given an additional 90-day jail term and ordered to pay restitution in an amount not yet determined for attacking another inmate, court records show.
Cushing police had been sent at about 7 p.m. on March 2, 2016, to the northeast corner of Memorial Park regarding a man “huffing spray paint,” according to Cushing Police Officer Matt Piatt.
“As I approached Milligan, I explained we were investigating a report of a male huffing paint. Milligan looked at me and stated it wasn’t him.
“I pointed out the bag to Milligan and asked him what the bag of paint and the can of paint were for. Milligan stated it was to paint his mother’s house.
“I told Milligan that huffing paint could kill him and he should not do that. Milligan stated he has been doing it for a little while,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.
“As I was talking to Milligan, he was slurring his speech and had saliva dripping down his chin. Milligan was speaking very fast and would not stand still. I could also smelled the strong odor of paint.
“Milligan again stated he was going to his mother’s and did not do anything wrong. I explained to Milligan that he was impaired and told him it was illegal to be impaired in public.
“As I was speaking to Milligan, I could see he was growing agitated. I told Milligan to turn around and put his hands behind his back as he was being placed in investigative detention while we completed investigating the call,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.
In an ensuing struggle during which Officer Michael Bruggman used his Taser on Milligan without effect, both officers were struck by Milligan, the affidavit said.
“While attempting to book Milligan in (the city jail), he became angry and refused to complete the book-in process. I continued to speak to Milligan and asked him multiple times to change into jail clothing,” which he finally agreed to do after the officer assured him that he would be given water to drink, the affidavit said.
“As a result of the altercation, I received a small scrape on my right wrist by my thumb and my left point finger was sore. Officer Bruggman received a scrape to his left inner wrist area and some redness and swelling on his right cheek,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.
According to the state Department of Corrections, Milligan was 19 when he was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in Payne County, for which he was placed on five years of probation in July 1995.
The following year, Milligan was convicted of unauthorized use of a vehicle in 1996, for which he was placed on 10 years of probation, DOC records show.
In August of 2013, Milligan was convicted of possession of methamphetamine in Cushing, for which he was originally given a 30-day jail term followed by four years and 11 months of probation, which was revoked four months later to prison, DOC records show.
At the same time, Milligan was also convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle in Cushing, for which he was originally given a 30-day jail term followed by four years and 11 months of probation, which was revoked four months later to prison, DOC records show.
Also in December of 2013, Milligan was convicted of attempted escape from arrest and assault and battery on a Cushing police officer, for which he was given a five-year prison term, but only served about 18 months before he was released to five years of probation in September 2015, DOC records show.