A Tulsa woman who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing an 8-year-old relative with her boyfriend and filming the illicit acts on a cellphone was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Monday.
Gloria Tiger, 44, will join Ahmad Murphy Jenkins, 41, in prison after the two pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child sexual abuse and manufacturing child pornography.
Tulsa County District Judge Doug Drummond gave Tiger three life sentences — one for each count of child sexual abuse — and a 20-year sentence for the child pornography offense.
Drummond ordered her to serve the sentences concurrently, rather than back-to-back, and required her to serve 35 years of each life term in custody. The remaining 10 years of the life sentences, since they’re typically measured at 45 years, are to be served out of custody but with supervision.
Jenkins was sentenced June 16 to life prison terms for each of two counts of child sexual abuse and a 25-year term for the pornography offense. Drummond ordered Jenkins’ sentences to also be served concurrently.
Both Jenkins and Tiger must serve 85 percent of their prison terms before they can apply to be released on parole.
Tiger and Jenkins were arrested Dec. 15 after police were given a video that reportedly shows the two engaged in sexual acts with the girl, according to court documents.
Tiger confessed to investigators that she and Jenkins are the individuals in the video, which she said was recorded around Nov. 1 at the Tudor House motel, 6416 E. Archer Street, court documents say.
In delivering Tiger’s sentence, Drummond told her that after reading the court documents and watching the video, this is “one of the worst crimes I’ve ever seen” and would have a lasting impact on the girl’s life.
Tiger and Jenkins were sentenced after entering blind pleas, meaning they had not agreed with prosecutors on a punishment before they pleaded guilty.
In court Monday before Drummond delivered Tiger’s sentence, Assistant District Attorney Tanya Wilson asked him for the maximum punishment on each offense. Assistant public defender Lindsey Holguin asked for a split sentence so Tiger would have to serve only part of the punishment incarcerated.
Holguin argued that Tiger deserves leniency because she has cooperated with authorities, expressed remorse by confessing to police and has participated in programs in jail to better herself as a person.
Holguin said the victim does not want Tiger to go to prison — a sentiment the child expressed to the judge when Wilson called her to the stand briefly at the sentencing hearing.
Holguin also pointed out Jenkins’ prior convictions for domestic violence and contended that Tiger had been afraid of him.
Wilson rebutted that Tiger had denied such a scenario when she was interviewed by police and argued that she could have left the motel to protect the child from the abuse.
Tiger was denied the option of posting bond on the pending charges and has been in the Tulsa Jail since her arrest.