OKLAHOMA CITY — Wiping away tears, the former top lawyer at the Oklahoma Health Department pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanors for sending threatening emails to herself about medical marijuana regulations.
Julie Ezell, 38, of Edmond, had posed in the emails as a medical marijuana advocate threatening retribution if the Health Department imposed restrictive rules on its use. “We would hate to hurt a pretty lady. You will hear us,” one email said.
She was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor on July 17, 2018, days after confessing and resigning as general counsel of the Health Department. “I am so sorry,” she wrote in her resignation letter.
Ezell pleaded guilty Wednesday to using a computer to violate the law and to falsely reporting a crime. She was sentenced under a plea deal to five years on probation. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater agreed to the deal after she paid $21,810 in restitution to the OSBI for the cost of its investigation.