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Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Was Released Early After Drug Conviction

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Oklahoma prosecutors say the man accused of beheading a coworker at a food processing plant last week should have spent more time in jail.

Alton Alexander Nola, 30, was convicted of cocaine possession with intent to distribute in 2011. He was sentenced to six years in jail, but served less than two years.

“Our intent was to incarcerate him much longer than a year and 11 months,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater told The Oklahoman.

“This case perfectly illustrates the problem with the Department of Corrections,” he said. “If it’s not an 85 percent crime, we have no idea how long a person will actually spend in prison.”

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Nolen, a recent convert to Islam who went by the name Jah’Keem Yisrael on Facebook, was arrested by Moore police Friday for the murder of Colleen Hufford, 54, and the stabbing of another victim, Traci Johnson.

Hufford was described by a neighbor as a woman who was “quick to smile.” She lost her Moore home to the EF5 tornado that killed at least 24 in 2013. Married for 25 years, her husband picked her up from the plant every night. He was outside when he learned of her death.

Nolen was sentenced to two years in March 2011 for marijuana possession and another two years for assaulting a highway patrol trooper. On April 26, 2011, he also began serving a six-year sentence on cocaine possession charges.

He was allowed to serve the three sentences at the same time due to plea agreements.

On March 22, 2013, he was released. Nolen finished all three sentences in two years due to “credits,” according to The Oklahoman.

“It’s frustrating,” Prater said.

Sources: The Oklahoman, Daily Mail

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