An Edmond man charged with manslaughter in the killing of his father has changed his plea in court.
In November 2011, Oklahoma County prosecutors charged Brent Stout, 29, of Edmond, with first-degree manslaughter in the death of his father, Robert Stout, 54, of Oklahoma City. Prosecutors accused Brent Stout of acting in the heat of passion and repeatedly punching the victim with his fist, inflicting mortal wounds that caused his death on March 5, 2011.
On Aug. 15, the defendant was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing, according to court records. He entered a negotiated plea of guilty and was sentenced to 16 years probation except for the first five years during which he will be in Department of Corrections custody with credit for time served. He had originally pleaded not guilty.
Stout was ordered to pay all court costs. A misdemeanor charge was part of the agreement. Stout also had several prior felony convictions, according to court records.
“On March 5, 2011 I got in a fight w/ my father. I hit him causing his death,” Stout wrote in the plea agreement paperwork.
Stout’s attorneys, David Ogle and Derek Chance, were not in their office Tuesday. A message was left seeking comment.
“I really do think that this was a just result,” said Scott Rowland, first assistant district attorney.
On March 5, 2011, an Oklahoma City police officer responded to Deaconess Hospital, 5501 N. Portland, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The officer was told of the victim’s death after he was transported from his Oklahoma City home. He was admitted into the intensive care unit and pronounced dead later on that same day.
Officers learned the victim had been in a fight with his son just before collapsing, according to the affidavit.
A hospital nurse told an Oklahoma City police officer that he had heard that Robert Stout had punched the victim, according to the incident report filed with the Oklahoma City Police Department. The reporting party said he didn’t see any visible signs of injury on the victim, police said. A 911 call was made at 3:24 a.m. on March 5, 2011.
The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and the cause of death blunt force trauma.
During the investigation, detectives learned that the victim and the defendant got into a fight at the victim’s home, according to the affidavit. Witnesses told officers the victim and suspect had been drinking and a verbal argument led to a physical altercation in which the suspect was seen repeatedly punching the victim with his fist, police said.
Robert Stout graduated from Putnam City High School and the University of Central Oklahoma, according to his obituary. He was the owner of Stout’s Janitorial Service.
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