Well-known Oklahoma sportscaster Bob Barry Jr., who has covered sports on every level, has been killed while riding his motorized scooter by a man illegally in the country.
In addition to first-degree manslaughter for making an illegal U-turn, Gustavo C. Gutierrez, 26, was also charged with a felony count of possession of cocaine and a felony charge of operating a vehicle without a state driver’s license. His bond was set at $18,500 but since he is in the country illegally, he wouldn’t be set free even if he were able to post bond.
Authorities confirmed Wednesday that Gutierrez had previously been deported three times.
The driving offense carries a punishment of up to five years and a $5,000.00 fine. The other offense of drug possession carries a possible punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Barry, who was known for his good-natured opinions, quick-witted jokes and wealth of knowledge, was awarded “Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year” six times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
“The Thunder is saddened to hear of the death of Bob Barry Jr,” the NBA’s Oklahoma Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett said. “For decades Bob covered sports with integrity, dedication and passion. We send our thoughts and prayers to the Barry family, his TV and radio colleagues, and all who knew and loved him. Oklahoma sports broadcasting has lost one of its finest.”
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