Oklahoma court upholds murder conviction, life term

Published: November 1, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence given a Tulsa man convicted of first-degree murder.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the ruling Thursday in the case of 29-year-old Gary Eugene Beaty. A Tulsa County jury convicted Beaty of the Jan. 10, 2009, shooting death of 33-year-old Billy Don Foster Jr. at a west Tulsa apartment complex.

Officers found Foster with several gunshot wounds, including one in the back of the neck. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Beaty initially told police he wasn't at the scene — but later said he was there and was defending himself against.

Beaty's life sentence means he must serve more than 38 years before being eligible for parole.

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