Life sentence reduced to 10 years for convicted Oklahoma murderer

A judge has reduced a life sentence to 10 years with the rest suspended for a Pawnee County man who admitted killing his brother by shooting him in the back.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 28, 2013
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A Pawnee County jury convicted Donald Worley of first-degree murder in May 2011 and returned a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole, the minimum sentence for a first-degree murder conviction. Judge Sellers initially followed that verdict and sentenced Worley to life in prison on September 2011.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal by Worley last month.

Friday, Worley went back to Sellers and asked that his sentence be reduced. Sellers agreed to reduce the sentence to 10 years with the rest suspended.

Under Oklahoma sentencing laws, Worley will be required to finish serving 85 percent of the 10 years before becoming eligible for parole, the judge indicated.

If the sentence had not been modified, Worley would have been required to serve 38 years before becoming eligible for parole, Duncan said.

If eventually released, Worley would remain on probation the rest of his life, the judge said.


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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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