The man accused of making terroristic threats to the Kay County Courthouse was arrested yesterday afternoon and is being held in the Kay County Jail. An initial court appearance for 34 year old Dean Allen Utsler is scheduled for Dec. 1st.
According to District Attorney Brian Hermanson, Utsler was attempting to keep a friend from being transported to the Department of Corrections.
Sheriff Steve Kelley said Utsler made a full confession.
Utslers criminal record includes drug charges, aggravated DUI, bogus checks and dumping trash on public and or private property.
On Nov. 10, 2008 he was convicted of several charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison with all but eight years suspended.
According to the Department of Corrections website, Utsler was released from prison on Jan. 29, 2013.
The Kay County Courthouse was shut down just before 9AM Monday morning after receiving the threats. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Unit was called in to search the building. The building was cleared and the courthouse reopened Tuesday Morning. Court cases scheduled for Monday will be rescheduled.
New District No. 1 County Commissioner Jack Godberson was sworn in just prior to the courthouse being evacuated for the bomb threat. His first official meet was cancelled. Godberson said, “this is a heck of a way to get started in office.”