- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A former fire chief in Oklahoma has pleaded no contest to charges that accused him of plotting to hire someone to kill the mother of his grandchild.

Bill Crenshaw, a former leader of the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department, has been sentenced to 20 years suspended on a solicitation for murder charge and 10 years suspended on a conspiracy to commit murder charge, the McAlester News-Capital (https://bit.ly/1fE0lo0 ) reported.

Crenshaw pleaded no contest on Monday. A plea of no contest isn’t an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment that if the case were to go to trial, a guilty verdict would be possible.

Authorities say a man who Crenshaw and another person tried to hire to kill Crystal Lee, the mother of Crenshaw’s granddaughter, had reported the two to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. They say the pair tried to hire someone to kill Lee shortly after she filed for custody of the child.

Crenshaw was fined $500 for each count and ordered to pay $200 to the victim compensation fund. He also must undergo two years of district attorney supervision, and have no contact with his grandchild’s mother or the child unless otherwise stated in custody documents.

Lee said told the court on Monday that she agreed with Crenshaw’s punishment, though she still doesn’t understand why he would have tried to hire someone to kill her.

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Information from: McAlester News-Capital, https://www.mcalesternews.com

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