Midwest City man admits killing parole officer, is sentenced to life without parole

Lester Kinchion, 21, of Midwest City, agreed to a deal with Oklahoma County prosecutors to avoid the death penalty if convicted at trial in the death of Jeffery Matthew McCoy, 32, of Norman.
by Tim Willert Modified: December 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012

McCoy's wife of eight years said he was “a lot of wonderful things to a lot of people.” Their two young children, she added, have been “cheated out of a father.”

“It's not fair that daddy won't be there,” Megan McCoy read from a statement as she wept. “Their daddy went to work one day and never came home.”

McCoy's mother, Mary, also read a statement to the court while standing a few feet from his killer.

“This is a type of hurt and void that we will have to live with forever,” she said. “My heart will ache because you stole my baby from me.”

Kinchion made eye contact with the family members and appeared to listen intently as they read their statements. He apologized for his actions.

“I would like to apologize to the family and say I'm sorry for taking his life,” he said.

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty against Kinchion, who admitted shooting McCoy with his own weapon.

Kinchion also pleaded guilty to one count of shooting with intent to kill for firing at a police officer and one count of pointing a firearm for aiming the officer's gun at a bystander. The sentences will be served consecutively.

McCoy's family authorized the plea agreement, according to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.

“We agreed not to pursue the death penalty after consulting with Jeff McCoy's family,” Prater said. “After fully considering all the facts and circumstances in the case, the McCoy family approved the decision that led to the sentencing agreement that occurred today.”

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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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