Man is sen­tenced to death for be­head­ing

The Washington Post - - NEWS -

A jury Thurs­day rec­om­mended the death penalty for an Ok­la­homa man con­victed of be­head­ing a co-worker in 2014.

Ju­rors con­victed Al­ton Nolen, 33, on Sept. 29 of killing Colleen Huf­ford, 54, and try­ing to kill an­other co-worker at a food pro­cess­ing plant in Moore, a sub­urb of Ok­la­homa City.

Ju­rors agreed on Oct. 2 that Nolen should serve three life sen­tences plus 130 years in prison on as­sault and bat­tery charges stem­ming from his at­tack on the co-worker who sur­vived.

Ju­rors took less than three hours Thurs­day to rec­om­mend the death penalty on the first­de­gree mur­der charge.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Nolen had just been sus­pended from his job at the Vaughan Foods plant when he walked in­side the com­pany’s ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice and at­tacked his co-work­ers.

Nolen had re­peat­edly tried to plead guilty and asked to be ex­e­cuted, but Cleve­land County District Judge Lori Walk­ley de­clined to ac­cept his plea. One of Nolen’s at­tor­neys had ques­tioned whether his client was men­tally com­pe­tent to en­ter a guilty plea.

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