Joshua Mooney was fourteen years old when he broke into a home and when he was surprised by the homeowner he would shoot and kill the forty seven year old woman. Once arrested Mooney would brag to other inmates about the killing. This teen killer would be sentenced to life in prison without parole
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Height: 5 ft 8 in
Weight: 134 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
OK DOC#: 695292
Birth Date: 4/4/1998
Current Facility: DAVIS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY-HOLDENVILLE,
Reception Date: 4/29/2014
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A Jenks teenager who is serving a life prison term for murder is seeking court relief based on a contention that he was “misled” by his attorney when he entered his guilty plea.
Signing his own application for post-conviction relief, 16-year-old Joshua Mooney asserts in a court document filed this week that his public defenders did not advise him of his right to appeal a court order denying him consideration as a youthful offender.
In the filing, Joshua Mooney says he is applying to have counsel appointed to represent him and that “I believe I am entitled to relief.’’ He indicates that he wants court-appointed counsel to assist with his application for an appeal of the youthful offender ruling.
First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond said Mooney is entitled to this appeal and that applications for post-conviction relief are not unusual.
Joshua Mooney was 14 when he fatally shot Mary Brice Escue, 47, of Reno, Nevada, at her parents’ home in Jenks on Dec. 17, 2012. He told authorities that he had broken into the house to steal money and then held Escue at gunpoint before killing her.
Last October, Tulsa County Special Judge Cliff Smith denied Mooney’s request to be treated as a youthful offender, and the state Court of Criminal Appeals upheld that ruling in January.
Mooney pleaded guilty April 4 and was convicted as an adult. He is in Department of Corrections custody at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.
A plea agreement stipulated that Joshua Mooney, in pleading guilty, got life sentences with the possibility of parole on murder and robbery counts. He got a seven-year term for burglary, with all sentences running concurrently and equivalent for prison purposes to one life term.
Accepting the plea deal meant Joshua Mooney avoided the possibility of a no-parole life prison sentence or consecutive sentences.
His life sentence requires that he serve at least 38 years and three months before becoming eligible for parole.
If he had been categorized as a youthful offender, his sentence would have been much lighter.
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He gunned a woman down in cold blood when just 14 years old, and on his 16th birthday, Joshua Scott Mooney accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for life.
Mooney agreed to plead guilty Friday to first degree murder, robbery with a firearm, and second degree burglary.
He broke into a home belonging to the parents of Mary Escue, 47, of Reno Nevada in December of 2012.
When she came home and discovered him inside, he held her at gunpoint with a rifle found inside the house, then shot and killed her.
First Asst. D.A. Doug Drummond tells KRMG the plea deal includes life sentences for the murder and robbery charges, and 7 years for the burglary charge, all sentences to be served concurrently.
In Oklahoma, a life sentence is considered to be 45 years; murder and robbery with a firearm convictions require the prisoner to serve 85 percent of the sentence before parole can be considered.
That means Mooney will have to serve just over 38 years before he’s eligible for parole.
Drummond says he’s happy with the outcome of the case.
“If we don’t have to go to trial, and we can get a sentence we believe is justice, we do that,” he told KRMG. “That’s better for the family. They don’t have to sit through the emotion of the trial.”
Mooney will not receive any credit for time served; he’s been in jail since his arrest in December, 2012.