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Oklahoma City co-defendant sentenced to 25 years for role in ambush of sheriff's deputy

Keonta Prince, 20, pleaded guilty in the 2011 attack on Maj. John Waldenville, an off-duty Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy who was working security for Cattlemen's Steakhouse when he was shot and robbed.
by Tim Willert Modified: March 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013

Co-defendant Christopher Travis Baker, 30, was convicted by a jury in December and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.

Prosecutors said Baker ambushed Waldenville just after midnight, shooting and robbing him of $6,000 he was going to deposit for the restaurant.

Prince had a deal with prosecutors to testify at Baker's trial but refused to do so and forfeited a 17-year prison sentence. He told the judge he backed out of the agreement because he and his family had received threats.

Prosecutors said it was the first they had heard about Prince being threatened. They used Prince's testimony from Baker's preliminary hearing against the co-defendant at trial.

In that testimony, Prince said he stopped short of robbing Waldenville because he was afraid Waldenville would shoot him. He said Baker surprised the deputy from behind and shot him before he could draw his gun. has disabled the comments for this article.
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 in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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