Atoka man sentenced to life with parole for fatal stabbing

A man who pleaded no contest to a charge that he stabbed another man and set his body on fire over an argument about drugs was sentenced Wednesday to life with the chance of parole in Atoka.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: September 27, 2012
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— A judge sentenced an Atoka man Wednesday to life in prison with the chance of parole for fatally stabbing a man and setting his body on fire, a prosecutor said.

Mitchell Monroe Craver, 30, waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday and pleaded no contest Wednesday before acting District Judge Preston Harbuck in Atoka County District Court. Craver pleaded to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Alan Wayne Oliver.

Assistant District Attorney Greg Jenkins said Craver would be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of his sentence, which equates to more than 38 years.

According to an arrest affidavit, Craver stabbed Oliver on Aug. 24 and dumped the body inside Oliver's van. He later hid the vehicle behind the Atoka High School football field and set the vehicle on fire. Oliver's van was found Aug. 30 with his “badly burned” body in the rear portion of the vehicle, records show.

Craver told authorities the two men were arguing over drugs and an altercation ensued.

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