Texas man convicted in 2006 killing of Oklahoma man

The Associated Press - March 3, 2017 10:27 am

Howard Mason Jr.

PURCELL, Okla. (AP) – A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2006 killing of a 74-year-old Oklahoma man.

A jury in McClain County convicted 56-year-old Howard Mason Jr. Thursday on one count of first-degree murder for the death of Burney Ray Bounds. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says Bounds had been strangled and was found dead on his bedroom floor in October 2006, but the case remained unsolved for nearly a decade.

The OSBI says agents arrested Mason in 2015 in El Paso, Texas, after DNA collected from a hair, fingerprints and palm prints matched Mason’s.

Mason was convicted after a trial that began Monday.

 

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