Sentence remains intact for teen who robbed, shot man in Tulsa home
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Friday, August 10, 2012
12/28/12 at 3:50 AM
A teenager will continue to serve a 38-year prison sentence for crimes related to a Tulsa residential burglary in which a victim survived being shot multiple times.
At a judicial review Friday, Tulsa County District Judge Kurt Glassco declined to modify the sentence that Christian Raber, now 19, incurred a year ago.
Raber pleaded guilty in June 2011 to five felonies: shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm, knowingly concealing stolen property, and two counts of second-degree burglary.
In August 2011, Glassco structured sentences requiring Raber to serve consecutive prison terms of 30, five and three years.
The 30-year term, covering the shooting and robbery offenses, requires him to serve 85 percent of that time — more than 25 years — before being eligible for parole or release.
At a preliminary hearing, shooting survivor Wesley Nelson described the July 27, 2010, confrontation and struggle with an intruder in a bedroom at Nelson’s home in the 3900 block of South Madison Avenue.
At that hearing, Nelson said the intruder shot him in the head, both shoulders and between the shoulder blades.
Prosecutors maintained that Raber, then a 17-year-old neighbor of Nelson’s, robbed Nelson of a loaded revolver that Nelson kept in a bedroom and then shot Nelson with the gun.
Two counts against Raber — burglary and concealing stolen property — involved other locations in the neighborhood, records show.
He has been in jail or prison for more than two years since his July 27, 2010 arrest.