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Teen given two life sentences

Oklahoman Published: January 19, 2006
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A Henryetta teenager who killed his former girlfriend and her unborn child was sentenced to two life sentences, to run concurrently, Okmulgee County court officials said Wednesday.


Cody James, 18, pleaded guilty in October to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Rebecca Johnson, 16, and first-degree manslaughter for the killing of Johnson's unborn child.

District Judge Charles Humphrey also sentenced James to three concurrent 10-year sentences for assault with intent to kill.

Court records show James threatened several people with a handgun before shooting Johnson.

On July 20, 2004, three days after his 17th birthday, James shot Johnson as she sat in her sister-in-law's vehicle. The couple had reportedly broken up.

Johnson, who was between five and 10 weeks pregnant, died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

James had threatened to kill her the week before her slaying, according to court documents.

ARDMORE Guilt admitted in child neglect

An Ardmore man and woman pleaded guilty recently to child neglect and each received 3 year deferred sentences.

Jennifer M. Pfleger, 21, and Joseph Ryan Wilson, 22, were charged with child neglect in connection with the death of Pfleger's 9-month old son.

The baby was found dead Aug. 5 in a trailer. The child was left unattended up to 12 hours in unsanitary conditions, authorities said.

LAWTON Essay writers to be recognized

Three Eisenhower Junior High School students will be honored tonight as winners of the Clean Air Lawton Essay Contest, hosted by the City of Lawton and Lawton Public Schools. The ceremony begins at 5 in the Shoemaker Auditorium.

Seventh-grader Josephine Reed, and ninth graders Shabaz Ahmad and Maria Collado are the top three finalists.

The order in which they finished will be announced at the ceremony with the first-place recipient receiving $100.

Winning essays focused on how air pollution develops and what it does to the environment.

OKLAHOMA CITY Forum set on alternate lifestyles

A local online news source will hold a town hall meeting Jan. 30 to discuss the state of Oklahoma City's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.

The event, organized by GayOKC.com, starts at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1901 N Douglas Ave.

Panelists will discuss a range of topics, including passage of State Question 711, Oklahoma's anti-gay marriage amendment; Oklahoma County's adoption of a gay-inclusive nondiscrimination policy; and the controversy over "gay-themed books in the Metropolitan Library System.

More than 20 community leaders have agreed to participate, including candidates for public office, political activists, religious leaders and business people.

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