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Oklahoma City co-defendant sentenced to 25 years for role in ambush of sheriff's deputy

Keonta Prince, 20, pleaded guilty in the 2011 attack on Maj. John Waldenville, an off-duty Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy who was working security for Cattlemen's Steakhouse when he was shot and robbed.
by Tim Willert Modified: March 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013

A former dishwasher at Cattlemen's Steakhouse was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for his role in the shooting and robbery of an off-duty sheriff's deputy carrying a bank deposit for the restaurant.

Keonta Stephen Terrell Prince, 20, of Oklahoma City, apologized to the family of Oklahoma County sheriff's Maj. John Waldenville before a judge sentenced Prince to life in prison and suspended all but the first 25 years.

“I take full responsibility for what I did,” Prince said. “I'm sorry … for what I've done to you all.”

Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth C. Watson ordered Prince to pay $232,000 in restitution and told him, “You will be on probation for the rest of your life.”

Waldenville was shot in the face and lost his right eye in the May 21, 2011, attack near the restaurant where he worked as a security guard.

Prince pleaded guilty in December to one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of robbery with a firearm.

Prosecutors said it was Prince, a former Cattlemen's dishwasher, who planned the robbery because he was familiar with the restaurant and knew when nightly bank deposits were made.

“I wish I could say I forgive you, but I can't, not yet,” said Nancy Brewer, one of three of Waldenville's sisters in attendance. “The pain you have inflicted upon my family, my sisters, my nephew and nieces, their children and our extended family is something I pray no other family has to endure.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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