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Former Piedmont football star guilty of assault and battery

Blake Colston

A former Piedmont high school football player has been found guilty of nearly beating to death an inmate inside a Logan County jail.

On Wednesday, according to Guthrie News Page and multiple reports, 24-year-old Sir Demarco Dartanyon Bledsoe was found guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the jail house beating of Gabriel Barr.

Bledsoe is accused of punching and kicking Barr until he went unconscious. A jury is recommending a five-year sentence.

Bledsoe was in jail for the alleged kidnapping, beating and shooting of a University of Central Oklahoma student in 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Randale Anderson and then 23-year-old Bledsoe were arrested at a Langston University dorm on robbery and kidnapping complaints.

The victim, James Sykes, 23, told authorities he picked up two men he did not know at the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond around 9 p.m. Friday, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations spokeswoman Jennifer Brown told kjrh.com.

The suspects then pulled out a gun and beat the victim for 30 minutes as they were driving on Interstate 35, Brown said. Sykes was also shot once in the leg.

The car ended up swerving off the road and the two men fled the scene leaving Sykes in the car near Seward, Okla., Brown said.

Brown said a passerby noticed the victim badly beaten inside the car and called 911 around 10 p.m. Friday. Sykes was flown to OU Hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

A former two-star recruit from Piedmont in 2007 by Rivals.com as a safety, Bledsoe averaged 15 tackles per game as a senior for the Wildcats and was named District 4A-1 Player of the Year.

He signed a letter of intent with Texas Christian University, where he made seven tackles and recorded one sack in two seasons with the Frogs before transferring to FCS-member Youngstown State then later Langston University where he finished his career.

1 Comment

  1. Cheryl Fine says:

    This is an unfortunate situation. I hope he can turn his life around soon.

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