By Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in Lawton.

The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the ruling Thursday in the case of 27-year-old Jose Villanueva. Villanueva was convicted by a Comanche County judge following a non-jury trial in the October 2012 death of Charles Tyson, who was beaten and shot.

Prosecutors say Villanueva provided a videotaped statement to investigators in which he acknowledged shooting the victim.

Villanueva was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, meaning he will have to serve 38 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

His defense attorney, Raymond Denecke, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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