- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 26-year-old man convicted in a fatal 2012 shooting.

The court handed down the decision Wednesday in the case of Deandre Bethel, who was convicted of first-degree felony murder by a Tulsa County jury in the Feb. 4, 2012, shooting death of 24-year-old Byron Ivory.

Prosecutors allege Bethel and a co-defendant confronted Ivory in a parking lot and demanded cellphones and money from Ivory and a companion. Ivory was shot multiple times during the altercation.

The appeals court affirmed the murder conviction but reversed a conviction and five-year sentence on a robbery with a firearm charge.

Bethel’s defense attorney, Jamie Pybas of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, did not immediately return an after-hours telephone call seeking comment.

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