- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a felony drug proceeding against a McAlester man after his defense attorney and the prosecutor were late to his hearing.

Court records show that 30-year-old Anthony Phifer has a history of felony drug arrests but no convictions. The McAlester News-Capital (https://bit.ly/1FiDmLi ) reports that Phifer’s latest drug-related offense prompted District Attorney Farley Ward to seek an acceleration hearing on his previously deferred sentence for a drug case stemming from 2010.

Phifer was due in court Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. for the acceleration hearing. Court records indicate Pittsburg County Special District Judge Matthew Sheets waited until 1:30 p.m. to see if the attorney and prosecutor would show up before dismissing the application to accelerate against Phifer.

Phifer’s attorney says he’s pleased but surprised by the judge’s decision.

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

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