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Prosecutors seek death sentence in Oklahoma deputy’s death

August 21, 2019
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 20, 2017 file photo, Nathan LeForce is taken into the Logan County Courthouse for his arraignment in Guthrie, Okla. A jury has begun deliberating a verdict in the trial of the man accused of shooting an Oklahoma sheriff's deputy to death. Deliberations began Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 in the LeForce's trial, who is charged with first-degree murder in the April 18, 2017, shooting of 40-year-old Logan County Deputy David Wade. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 20, 2017 file photo, Nathan LeForce is taken into the Logan County Courthouse for his arraignment in Guthrie, Okla. A jury has begun deliberating a verdict in the trial of the man accused of shooting an Oklahoma sheriff's deputy to death. Deliberations began Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 in the LeForce's trial, who is charged with first-degree murder in the April 18, 2017, shooting of 40-year-old Logan County Deputy David Wade. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors are asking jurors to return a death sentence for a man convicted of shooting an Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy to death.

The sentencing phase of the trial of 47-year-old Nathan LeForce began Wednesday, a day after jurors convicted him of first-degree murder in the April 18, 2017, shooting death of 40-year-old Logan County Deputy David Wade. Wade was fatally wounded while serving an eviction notice at a home near Mulhall, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City.

LeForce was also convicted on charges of larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery. Jurors recommended sentences of 30 years and 37 years respectively.

LeForce faces sentences of death or life in prison on the murder charge. Defense attorneys plan to call more than 25 witnesses during the sentencing phase of LeForce’s trial.

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