Oklahoma court reduces life sentence to 20 years

Published: April 26, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A repeat offender who was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of passing a forged check has had his sentence reduced to 20 years.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Thursday for 51-year-old Elgret Burdex.

Burdex was convicted by a Caddo County jury in 2010 of uttering a forged instrument after former convictions of two or more felonies. Online records of the Department of Corrections indicate Burdex has four previous felony convictions.

The jury recommended a life sentence with the possibility of parole. The court ruled in a 4-1 decision that the sentence was excessive and cut it to 20 years.

Judge Gary Lumpkin of Madill dissented, saying Burdex would be eligible for parole in 15 years.

Burdex's attorney, Lisbeth McCarty, declined to comment.


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