A mother told the man who killed her son two years ago that she forgave him Monday before the man received a 35-year prison sentence for the slaying.
Aornes Ali Smith, 30, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the May 2011 slaying of Cecil Wayne Gregory III, 28, of Oklahoma City, who was found in a car wash bay at NE 36 and Springlake Drive.
Smith turned himself in after the shooting, and police have a video of him confessing to the crime. Prosecutors were prepared to play the video during Smith's trial, which was scheduled to start Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.
But before the juror selection process began, Smith, who faced a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, talked with his attorneys and decided to accept a plea deal from prosecutors.
“Do you want a jury trial?” asked Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson.
Smith, a former Oklahoma City resident, shook his head no.
Gregory's mother, Kathy Vick, told Smith as he stood before the judge that she forgave him.
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