Brock Wilkins, 36, of Newkirk, Okla., waived his preliminary rights for a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Kay County District Court.
Wilkins entered a guilty plea to the charge of first-degree murder with malice in the stabbing death of 53-year-old Michelle Gentry on July 21, 2018.
Gentry was found dead in her home at 514 W. 11th St., in Newkirk, with more than 100 stab wounds. The weapons used were a knife, scissors and a frying pan.
Wilkins was arrested on July 22, 2018 by OSBI agent Michael Dean at the home of Joey Reynolds in Tonkawa, Okla.
In an affidavit, Dean said Reynolds was fearful that Wilkins was on methamphetamine. Clothes and shoes that belonged to Wilkins were located at the residence and shoes were covered in blood, according to Dean.
After being taken to the Tonkawa Police Department, he was questioned and denied knowing or killing Gentry. At that time Wilkins admitted to being in Newkirk on July 21 and walking to a trailer home.
Bloody shoe prints were found at Gentry’s home which matched the shoes of Wilkins found at Reynolds’ home.
District Attorney Brian Hermanson recommended Wilkins to be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Wilkins took the stand and answered questions from Judge Lee Turner. When questioned by his own attorney, Thomas Griesedieck, Wilkins said, “I was there and I stabbed her and cracked her on the head with a frying pan to kill her and that is what it was.”
A Victims Impact Panel also took place, with Gentry’s family reading statements.
Ethan Gentry, Michelle’s son, said, “I can’t believe I shook your hand and thought you were a good man. You killed my mother and you deserve life in prison and to go through hell.”
Gentry’s sister, Cheri Dunn, showed a picture of Michelle and read a dedication of her life.
“Her faith meant everything to her,” she said. “Now our family has to drive to the cemetery to see her face on her tombstone and you must be held accountable.”
Patricia Barger, Gentry’s mother, said that Michelle’s father is no longer able to walk due to his decline in health and heartache.
“You caused Michelle’s children to be without a mother and you cut and stabbed her over 100 times,” Barger said. “You will never walk the streets again and hell is waiting for you.”
Judge Turner then read the sentencing as life in prison with the possibility of parole and said Wilkins will serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.