Edward Cortez Williams will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole in the beating and stabbing death of family friend Vernon Gowdy.
Gowdy, 79, died of wounds suffered at an Oklahoma City apartment complex, 5922 S Lee, on April 4, 2012.
The sentence came as part of a plea agreement last week.
A police officer testified at a preliminary hearing that Williams, 19, said he had hit Gowdy in the head with a martial arts weapon before stabbing him in the neck repeatedly with a kitchen knife.
Gowdy's son, Vernon Gowdy III, lives near Tuttle. He was pleased when Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater sought the death penalty, but said he and his two sisters were satisfied with the plea agreement and punishment.
“We're happy it's over,” Gowdy said. “We'd rather avoid a trial.
“I think that's satisfactory punishment knowing that he'll never get out. That may be worse than the death penalty.”
Williams had been living with Gowdy, who was a friend of Williams' late mother.
A motive for the attack was never disclosed.
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I think that's satisfactory punishment knowing that he'll never get out. That may be worse than the death penalty.”
Vernon Gowdy III,
Son of victim