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Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, is charged with offering to set up former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, with an $80,000-a-year job at the state medical examiner’s office in exchange for Leftwich’s promise to withdraw as a candidate for re-election in 2010. Prosecutors allege Terrill masterminded the scheme so that a Republican colleague of Terrill’s could seek Leftwich’s seat in south Oklahoma City.
“It centered around power, control, influence, manipulation,” Assistant District AttorneyJimmy Harmon told jurors during his opening statement about Terrill’s motive to commit the crime. — Associated Press
Terrill, 44, and Leftwich, 62, both face up to two years in prison.