Sapulpa Father Pleads Guilty in Son's Murder

A Sapulpa man accused of killing his 5-year-old son to get revenge on his estranged wife has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges related to the boy's death.

Byron Keith Creech, 38, and his wife were going through a divorce when the man violated a protective order to enter the woman's apartment and shot and killed his young son during a standoff with police.

Now, he has entered a blind guilty plea to multiple charges, including first degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, kidnapping, child abuse, child neglect, second-degree burglary and violation of a protective order. A "blind plea" means that the defendant entered his plea without the benefit of a plea agreement, leaving his sentence in the hands of the judge. 

The case began on March 19, 2019, when Creech's estranged wife called police to report that her husband had violated a protective order by entering her home. She said she observed the man enter her apartment via security cameras installed at the home.

Laurel Creech had filed a protective order against her husband the previous July, and police serving the order recovered multiple weapons from his home, including guns, expandable batons, knives and a Taser. However, despite the protective order, Byron Creech still had visitation rights with his young son.

When police arrived at Laurel Creech's apartment, Byron Creech refused to open the door. When police tried to enter the home, the man began firing shots at them.

Those shots began an 17-hour standoff in which police tried to negotiate with the man and ordered him to release his 5-year-old son. 

On the morning of March 20, Creech surrendered. But when police entered the home to rescue the young boy, they found him dead with gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Although Creech had reassured police throughout the ordeal that his son was "okay," law enforcement officers believe the child was shot and killed hours earlier, in the initial stages of the standoff.

When entering his guilty plea, Creech admitted to holding the child against his will, using zip ties to restrain him, and shooting and killing his son.

Creech faces the possibility of life in prison without parole for the first degree murder of his son. At least three of his convictions carry possible sentences of life in prison. Tulsa County District Judge Doug Drummond will determine Creech's sentence after considering a pre-sentencing report and testimony on October 26.

The defendant has remained held without bond in the Tulsa County Jail since his arrest in March 2015.
 
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