Tahlequah man sentenced to 3 decades in prison for multiple burglaries, assaults

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Okla. - A Tahlequah man will spend more than three decades in prison after convictions for assault and burglaries.

Curtis Coleman, 54, was given a 35-year sentence for two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

In September 2013, District Attorney Brian Kuester's office says Coleman was in the process of burglarizing a home when the homeowner and her teenage son confronted him.  During the confrontation, the DA's office says Coleman bit the teen's arm, threatened him with a kitchen knife and severely cut the homeowner's hand.

Coleman was later arrested after being found hiding in the attic of a nearby apartment complex.

With help from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Coleman's DNA, which was found in the victims' home, was linked to an earlier burglary the month before during which a number of firearms, electronics, jewelry and prescription drugs were stolen.

Coleman's sentence dictates he will spend 30 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections with five years suspended.

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