Oklahoma Teen Gets Life In Prison For Killing Out Of Boredom
After shooting an Australian jogger in 2013 out of boredom, an Oklahoma teenager faces life imprisonment without parole upon his sentencing in June, according to Reuters.
The perpetrator of the crime was Chancey Allen Luna, who was 16 at that time. On Friday, he was charged with first-degree murder of Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player. Lane was jogging and was shot in the back in Duncan, Oklahoma.
According to CNN affiliate KSWO, Police Chief Danny Ford said, “They witnessed a young man run by on the street. Chose him as the target.”
One of the culprits, upon arrest, offered a reason that made the police think Lane was a victim chosen at random.
Ford said, “He said the motive was, ‘We were going to kill somebody.'”
“They decided all three of them were going to kill somebody.”
Lane was attending East Central University on a baseball scholarship.
Luna was traveling with two other teenagers in a car, and he was the one who shot Lane. The jury suggested him to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole after the judge announces the sentence on June 16.
Michael DeWayne Jones, who was driving the vehicle, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He was given life imprisonment, but he can apply for parole in 2051.
James Edwards Jr., the third suspect, will be tried as a juvenile. He agreed to testify against Jones and Luna in exchange for a lesser sentence.
Oddesse John David Barnes was charged with concealing the weapon the bullet was fired from, and was thereby sentenced in January.
In a victim-impact statement to the judge, Donna Lane, mother of the deceased, said, “I no longer have … a zest for life because one of my kids is missing.”
In a separate statement, she told the NBC affiliate KFOR, “This naughty boy is now never going to do this to any other family.”
Jim Berry, the attorney for Luna, didn’t deny that Luna fired the shot that killed Lane, but emphasized that the culprit was 16 years old at the time of the incident and, as a teenager, he was prone to making irrational and thoughtless actions, according to The Oklahoman.
Berry said, “They work on impulse, hormones, whatever.
“They do not make a rational decision as you would in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.”
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