Oklahoma City man accused in slaying is sentenced for probation violation

Deante J. Hawthorne, 21, of Oklahoma City, was charged with first-degree murder in the June shooting death of a 16-year-old. Prosecutors sought to revoke his deferred sentence in 2008 armed robbery.
by Tim Willert Modified: May 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013
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A 21-year-old murder defendant will serve two life sentences for violating his probation in a separate case, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Deante James Hawthorne, of Oklahoma City, was 16 when he pleaded guilty in February 2008 to four felonies, including two counts of robbery with a firearm.

Hawthorne and five others were accused of robbing a grocery store at gunpoint. He admitted in court papers he stood lookout as an accomplice stole a handgun from a pawnshop and then helped robbed the grocery store.

Hawthorne was charged as a youthful offender and received a deferred sentence in the case.

Prosecutors, though, moved to get the deferred sentence revoked after Hawthorne was charged in July with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Khaleeq Landon.

Landon was killed June 14 at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex. Witnesses told police they saw Hawthorne argue with the victim before shooting him and running away.

Hawthorne was arrested June 24 by U.S. Marshals in Ozark, Ala.

Prosecutors presented evidence that showed Hawthorne killed Landon, and in doing so, violated the terms and conditions of his sentence.

Oklahoma County District Judge Glenn Jones agreed and found Hawthorne guilty of violating his probation by committing homicide and sentenced him to two consecutive life terms.


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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 FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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