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Appeals court affirms death sentence in Poteau murder case

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals says evidence ‘overwhelmingly supported' murder convictions.
Published: May 26, 2012


Sentence affirmed

— A federal appeals court refused Friday to overturn the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering an elderly Poteau couple in 2000 at their home. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded in an 87-page decision that the evidence “overwhelmingly supported” the first-degree murder convictions of James L. DeRosa, and his sentence. DeRosa was convicted of cutting the throats of Curtis Plummer, 73, and his wife Gloria, 70, at their rural home, leaving them dead after robbing them of $73 and stealing their pickup. Co-defendant John Eric Castleberry testified against DeRosa in exchange for two sentences of life without parole for first-degree murder.


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