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Life sentence imposed in fatal shooting of deputy

The Associated Press - August 30, 2019 9:21 am

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) – A judge has imposed a life prison sentence on a 47-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting an Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy.

District Judge Phillip Corley sentenced Nathan LeForce late Thursday after the jury deadlocked on his punishment.

LeForce faced a possible death sentence after he was convicted of the April 18, 2017, shooting death of 40-year-old Logan County Deputy David Wade.

Jurors found LeForce guilty of first-degree murder Aug. 20 after viewing evidence over six days, including body camera video of Wade being fatally wounded while serving an eviction notice at a home near Mulhall, 50 miles north of Oklahoma City. Wade was shot four times.

Prosecutors say LeForce then took Wade’s patrol vehicle and drove it to a convenience store, where he stole another car at gunpoint.

 

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