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Life with parole for son in fatal stabbings

The Associated Press - August 9, 2018 10:33 am

TULSA (AP) – A 19-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of stabbing his parents and three of his siblings to death has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Michael Bever was 16 in 2015 when prosecutors say he and his older brother, Robert Bever, killed their mother, father, two younger brothers and a 5-year-old sister at their suburban Tulsa home.

Michael Bever was convicted in May on five counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced Thursday to five life terms, to run consecutively.

The jury recommended life with parole, while prosecutors urged a no-parole sentence because of the especially horrific nature of the killings.

Michael Bever’s attorneys argued he was led astray by his older brother, who pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison without parole.

 

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