Appeals Court upholds two murder convictions, life sentences

The Associated Press - January 6, 2020 2:27 pm

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld two murder convictions and life in prison sentences, including that of a man convicted in 2018 of a 1984 homicide in southeastern Oklahoma.

Rulings dated last Thursday show the court rejected appeals by 68-year-old Ernest Lewis and 34-year-old Michael Ishman.

Lewis was convicted in 2018 and sentenced to life in prison for the 1984 shooting death of Johnny Lee Smith at a lumber yard in Idabel where both men worked.

Ishman was convicted and sentenced to life for the 2016 shooting death of Eric Buckner in Lawton during what prosecutors say was a drug deal and robbery.


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