OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The life prison sentence of a man convicted in the fatal shooting of another man has been upheld by an Oklahoma appeals court.
The state Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision on Tuesday in the case of 30-year-old Derrick Demario Johnson.
An Oklahoma County jury found Johnson guilty of first-degree murder last year, nearly 10 months after his first trial ended in a mistrial. He was accused in the death of 28-year-old Carlos Marzett.
Johnson's attorneys claimed he acted in self-defense after Marzett shot him. Johnson was arrested after going to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.
Prosecutors say Johnson turned down an offer from prosecutors before the trial to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and spend 15 years in prison and 10 years on probation.
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