Life sentences recommended for men convicted in OKC deaths

Ponca City Now - June 18, 2016 1:55 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Jurors have recommended life sentences for two men convicted in the Oklahoma killings of four people, including a woman featured on the HBO series "Cathouse."

On Friday, the jury in Oklahoma County recommended life in prison without parole for Denny Edward Phillips and Russell Lee Hogshooter. Two of the victims were pregnant.

The men were convicted of six counts of first-degree murder in the 2009 deaths of 22-year-old Brooke Phillips, 32-year-old Casey Mark Barrientos, 22-year-old Milagros Barrera and 25-year-old Jennifer Lynn Ermey.

Prosecutors say Denny Phillips ordered the killing of Barrientos and that the women were killed to eliminate witnesses.

Brooke Phillips was featured on the show about the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nevada.

Formal sentencing is set for Aug. 11.

 

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