Oklahoma man pleads in slaying of Australian baseball player

Ponca City Now - March 25, 2015 11:41 am

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1DV6xSK ) reports that 19-year-old Michael DeWayne Jones was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his involvement in the killing of Christopher Lane in 2013. He will be eligible for parole in 36 years.

Prosecutors say Jones was driving when a friend in his car fired the shot that killed Lane, who was out jogging in the city of Duncan, about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. As part of the plea deal, Jones will not testify against his friend.

Lane, a 22-year-old from Melbourne, was visiting his girlfriend before starting his senior year at East Central University in Ada. Investigators have said he was randomly targeted by bored teenagers.

 

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