Ok­la­homa teen gets life in prison for killing of Aussie

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Ok­la­homa teenager charged with killing an Aus­tralian col­lege base­ball player was sen­tenced Tues­day to life in prison with­out pa­role.

Dis­trict Court judge Ken Graham handed down the pun­ish­ment to 18-year-old Chancey Allen Luna af­ter a Stephens County jury had con­victed Luna of first-de­gree mur­der in the Au­gust 2013 shoot­ing death of 22-year-old Christo- pher Lane. Luna was tried as an adult, mak­ing him el­i­gi­ble for the pun­ish­ment of a life sen­tence.

Author­i­ties say Lane was shot in the back while he was jog­ging in Dun­can.

Luna’s de­fense at­tor­ney had ac­knowl­edged that Luna fired the fa­tal shot from a pass­ing car that he was rid­ing in, but dur­ing clos­ing ar­gu­ments, he re­peat­edly noted that Luna was 16 at the time and said 16-year-olds “take stupid, sense­less, thought­less ac­tions.”

Pros­e­cu­tors ar­gued that the ev­i­dence was clear that the driver, Michael DeWayne Jones, and Luna had planned to kill some­one.

“He aimed it right at his back. ... It was a good shot,” Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jason Hicks said then.

Lane, from Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, was in Ok­la­homa on a col­lege base­ball schol­ar­ship. He was a catcher and pre­par­ing for his se­nior year at East Cen­tral Uni- ver­sity in Ada and was vis­it­ing his girl­friend and her fam­ily in Dun­can when he was shot.

A co- de­fen­dant in the case, James “Bug” Ed­wards Jr., now 17, tes­ti­fied that he was a pas­sen­ger in the car when it swerved to­ward Lane, and Luna fired the shot.

Ed­wards tes­ti­fied as part of a plea agree­ment in which a first­de­gree mur­der charge against him was re­duced to be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact.

AP

In this Tues­day, June 16 photo, a fa­ther holds his girls as one of them looks into a te­le­scope dur­ing a moon sight­ing event on top of Jebel Hafeet moun­tain ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, in Al Ain, United Arab Emi­rates. The sight­ing of the new moon marks the be­gin­ning of Ramadan.

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