TULSA Okla. – A Claremore, Oklahoma man was sentenced to 33 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm in Indian Country and assault by beating, striking, and wounding, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Robert Ross Patton Jr., 47, of Claremore to 33 months in federal prison for assault with a dangerous weapon and 12 months for assault by beating, striking, and wounding. The sentences are to run concurrently and will be followed by three years of supervised release.
During his allocution, the defendant told the judge, “I’m sorry I did it.”
Judge Starrett in addressing the defendant acknowledged that he heard him, but told the defendant, “What happened was terrible and you have a price to pay.”
Patton violently attacked his girlfriend, pulled a knife on her, threatened to kill her, and stabbed at her head and neck multiple times. Patton then stabbed the knife into the wall, dragged the victim to the bathroom, repeatedly banged her head into the tub and punched her in the face. Patton further told the victim that she “needed to get into the tub so that when he killed her, she would not get blood all over the house,” and that “she was not leaving there alive.”
While his case was pending, Patton cut off his ankle monitor and fled the state. When he ran out of money, he called his parents and asked them to come pick him up in Arkansas. When law enforcement located him at his parent’s residence, he fled into the woods where he hid out for over 24 hours before a concerned citizen called the police. He was apprehended and on April 4, 2023, Patton pled guilty and admitted to assaulting the victim.
Patton has been and will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshall pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Briden prosecuted the case.