Teenager takes plea deal in stabbing death

Willie Ray Evans was 15 when William M. Jones, 29, died; Evans, who was charged with first-degree murder, was sentenced as a youthful offender
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Published: May 8, 2012
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A teenager accused of stabbing a man to death in 2010 took a plea deal Monday which could keep him out of prison.

Willie Ray Evans, 17, of Oklahoma City, entered an Alford plea to manslaughter in front of Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth C. Watson as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant accepts a sentence for a crime while still asserting innocence.

Evans was charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 23, 2010, stabbing death of William M. Jones, 29, during a fight inside a northwest Oklahoma City apartment. By pleading to a manslaughter charge, Evans could be sentenced as a youthful offender.

As part of his plea agreement, Evans, who was 15 when Jones died, admitted stabbing the victim approximately seven times during a fight in which he said he was being assaulted, court paperwork shows.

Evans will be committed to the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs until he is 18.5 years old. His case will be dismissed if he satisfies the terms of his stay and does not commit another crime, prosecutors said.

If he slips up, he could be sentenced to seven years in prison, prosecutors said.

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