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Prosecutors seek death sentence in deputy’s shooting

The Associated Press - August 21, 2019 2:45 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Prosecutors are asking jurors to return a death sentence for a man convicted of shooting an Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy to death.

The sentencing phase of the trial of 47-year-old Nathan LeForce began Wednesday, a day after jurors convicted him of first-degree murder in the April 18, 2017, shooting death of 40-year-old Logan County Deputy David Wade. Wade was fatally wounded while serving an eviction notice at a home near Mulhall, 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.

LeForce was also convicted on charges of larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery. Jurors recommended sentences of 30 years and 37 years respectively.

LeForce faces sentences of death or life in prison on the murder charge. Defense attorneys plan to call more than 25 witnesses during the sentencing phase of LeForce’s trial.

 

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