|Updated: 10/29/2010 10:01 pm
||Published: 10/29/2010 8:27 pm
Allen Shields, a key witness in a murder-for-hire plot struck a plea deal with prosecutors, and is now out of jail on bond. The district attorney says Shields played a major part in the contract killing of Neal Sweeney.
Allen Shields posted a $25,000 bond around 5pm Friday, and was out of jail by 5:30. Shields agreed to testify against all four of the other conspirators in the Sweeney murder-for-hire case in exchange for a suspended sentence.
A man who has bonded out of jail four times since February, Allen Shields has a lengthy rap sheet. He has had more than a hundred run-ins with the law.
In February he was accused of attacking a former girlfriend and hiding in her home with what cops called a "murder kit." He bonded out twice in connection with that case.
Then in June he was arrested again, accused as a conspirator in the Neal Sweeney contract killing and bonded out again on a million dollars.
Then in October, Shields faced a drug trafficking charge. He was being held until Friday when a judge set bond. Again, Shields has come up with the money to bond out.
But prosecutors are still willing to play ball with Shields.
"The agreement is that he will come in, he will give accurate and truthful information about his participation and the participation of all the other co-conspirators that conspired to kill Neal Sweeney on September fourth of 2008," District Attorney Tim Harris said.
Harris says as part of the deal Shields had to plead guilty to two counts of delivering cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the attack on his ex-girlfriend.
"The leverage position we find ourselves in is he's looking at five to live and a $100,000 fine on two cases, plus a 10-year sentence on a conspiracy case if he renegs."
Harris says it was no easy decision, but he had to find a way to nail the suspects in the contract killing.
"This was agreed upon to pierce the conspiracy, in our opinion, to obtain justice. Extraordinary cases call for extraordinary decisions, and this certainly was an extraordinary decision."
While out on bond Shields will not have to wear an ankle monitor.
"He had ankle monitors before that didn't necessarily keep him from breaking the law," Harris said.
But Shields does have to check in twice a week with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, and regularly check in with the judge. He also has a 10pm to 6am curfew, and authorities can check in on him unannounced any time.
Police say Allen Shields also has connections to a multi-million-dollar theft case, that police busted this week after years of investigation.
Shields' brother, Fred Shields, and his cousin, Alonzo Johnson, are also charged in the murder-for-hire case.