Warrants issued for Alva woman

 


A felony warrant has been issued in Woods County for an Alva woman who failed to register her address.

On Feb. 2, 2018, Lisa Marie Melton pleaded guilty and was convicted of accessory to murder in the second degree in Woods County. She received a 12 year sentence in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Due to the nature of the charge, the State of Oklahoma Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act requires Melton to register the address of her residence. Melton was notified of her duty to register on May 20, 2021, upon her release from custody. Melton registered her address with the Woods County Sheriff’s Office on June 1, 2021, as required.

On Jan. 28, 2022, Melton was arrested by members of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office for failure to comply with the registration act after it was discovered she was not residing at the registered address. Upon her release on Jan. 29, Melton was advised she needed to register her current address within three days.


On Feb. 9, 12 days after her release from the Woods County Sheriff’s Office, Melton registered her address at an Alva motel after Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale called her and told her to come register or she would be arrested again. Melton confirmed her address by completing an address verification form on Feb. 15.

On May 2, a verification letter was mailed to Melton’s registered address by the Sex and Violent Offender Registration Unit. It stated that the completed form must be delivered in person to the Woods County Sheriff’s Office within ten days. That has not been done.


On May 26, Undersheriff Dale spoke with the motel management who stated April 19, 2022, was the last day Melton was registered as a tenant in the motel. Management showed him a stack of mail belonging to Melton that contained the address verification letter.

Dale spoke to Melton’s probation and parole officer who said he had not spoken to Melton since late April 2022 and did not know her current location. He said he listed Melton as an absconder and submitted a violation report to the Woods County District Attorney’s Office after she left a drug rehabilitation facility and refused any additional help.

Dale spoke with associates of Melton who last reported seeing her in the Alva area in the middle of May. It was reported Melton was going to Oklahoma City and checking herself into Oakwood Springs, a drug rehabilitation facility. However, Dale contacted Oakwood Springs and was informed she was not an inpatient there.


On May 31, Lisa Marie Melton, 51, of Alva, was charged with violation of Mary Rippy Violent Crime Registration Act, a felony. This crime is punishable by incarceration in a correctional facility for five years and a fine of $5,000. A felony warrant has been issued for Melton.

On June 2, a bench warrant on an application to revoke was issued in Woods County District Court for Melton.

The Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act applies to violent offenders convicted Nov. 1, 2004, or later. Registration is required for the following crimes: murder, manslaughter, shooting with intent to kill, assault, battery and bombing.

 

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