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Tulsa Man Sentenced in Accidental Stabbing of Toddler

20-Mar-2017

An Oklahoma man accused of throwing a knife at his girlfriend and accidentally stabbing her 3-year-old son instead has been sentenced for multiple charges.

Levi Shane Cartwright, 33, Tulsa, was arguing with the boy's mother, Jamie Leanne Tillack, last July when he threw an open folding knife at her. However, he missed his target, and the knife struck the 3-year-old in the chest. At the hospital, the toddler tested positive for meth. Police arrested Cartwright and Tillack on child neglect complaints.

After their arrest, police returned to the apartment with a search warrant. They reportedly discovered nearly 40 grams of marijuana, more than 40 grams of meth, three and a half grams of heroin, and three handguns.

Cartwright was ultimately charged with multiple crimes related to the incident, including trafficking in illegal drugs (methamphetamine), two counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance, three counts of possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, acquiring proceeds from drug activity, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and child neglect.

In January, he pleaded no contest to the assault and child neglect charges; he entered a blind plea to five of the drug charges and the weapons charges; and two charges of possession with intent to distribute were dismissed.

Both assault with a deadly weapon and child neglect are felonies punishable by a maximum of life in prison. At sentencing last week, Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes sentenced Cartwright to 25 years in prison for assault, drug trafficking, and child neglect. She also sentenced him to four 5-year prison terms and one 1-year jail term for the remaining convictions. All sentences are to run concurrently.

The boy's mother, Jamie Tillack, is charged with child neglect, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. According to court records, she has entered a plea in the case, but has not yet been sentenced because of her participation in the Women in Recovery program operated by Family and Children’s Services.
Family and Children's Services describes the Women in Recovery program as "an intensive outpatient alternative for eligible women facing long prison sentences for non-violent, drug-related offenses."

The program is operated in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and it "works closely with the criminal justice system and various community partners to ensure program participants receive supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services."

Oklahoma has the highest female incarceration rate in the nation, and programs like the Women in Recovery program are intended to reduce the rate of incarceration by working to solve the underlying problems that lead to criminal behavior. 



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