The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 25, 2013

Woodward man could face four life sentences

By Jessica Salmond, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 23-year-old Woodward man is facing four possible life sentences, following a traffic stop by a Garfield County deputy for speeding last week.

William Max Vineyard was arraigned Thursday via video from Garfield County Detention Facility.

Vineyard was charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm after felony conviction, unauthorized use of a vehicle and two counts of knowingly concealing stolen property, all filed after former felony convictions.

Because of Vineyard’s three prior felony convictions, he faces two years to life on the firearm charge, three years to life on the vehicle charge, and four years to life on each count of concealing stolen property.

According to an affidavit filed on the case, Vineyard was stopped by Garfield County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Logan Niles in the 4200 block of South Van Buren about 2:10 p.m. July 19.

Niles recorded Vineyard traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone while southbound on U.S. 81.

He had a 15-year-old female passenger with him who he identified as his sister.

Vineyard told Niles the 2004 Buick he was driving was his grandmother’s.

However, a check showed the VIN number of the vehicle did not did not match the VIN number registered with the tag the vehicle was bearing.

The Buick was reported stolen from Woodward and the license plate belonged to a car registered in Enid. Miscellaneous items found in the car were reported stolen from a woman’s car in Meno, according to the affidavit.

While Niles talked to Vineyard’s passenger, he saw handgun ammunition on the driver’s side floorboards, according to the affidavit.

After searching the vehicle he found a loaded H&R Magnum Model R73 .32-caliber revolver and additional ammunition, according to the affidavit.

A check of the gun’s serial number showed the gun was not stolen, but because of Vineyard’s prior felony convictions, his possession of the firearm was a crime.

Vineyard told Niles he did not know anything about the firearm found in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. He said the vehicle had been in his possession for two days.

Vineyard is being held under a $20,000 bond, and he was ordered to return to court Sept. 16 for a bond appearance.