Wilkins pleads guilty in Newkirk murder charge

Staff Reports

NEWKIRK — Brock Ryan Wilkins 36, Newkirk, appeared in Kay County District Court today, pleading guilty to a charge of first degree murder with malice and aforethought for the July 21, 2018 murder of Michelle Gentry, Newkirk.

“He entered a plea of guilty. He admitted he had beaten and stabbed Michelle McGuire,” said District Attorney Brian T. Hermanson.

Prosecutors presented to the court photos of the crime scene, as well as phycologist reports that Wilkins was competent to stand trial, along with the medical examiner’s report.

Additionally, three victim impact statements were presented, that of her sister, Cheri Gentry, Ethan Gentry, her son, and her mother, Patricia Ann Barger.

Wilkins was sentenced to life in prison.

“The court found the defendant to be competent, and sentenced to life imprisonment,” Hermanson said “The charge is 85 percent. He has to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he can be considered for parole.”

He also received time from a previous suspended sentence, to run concurrently with the life sentence.

“We revoked (the suspended sentence), and he got five years on that case,” Hermanson said.

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