- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the life sentences imposed on a 28-year-old man convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.

The appeals court handed down the decision Monday in the case of Zane Atchison, who was convicted by a jury in Tulsa County of the August 2011 shooting deaths of 27-year-old Patrick Shawn and 24-year-old Kaylyn Kosofosky. The same jury sentenced Atchison to life in prison without parole.

Atchison was found guilty in the slayings and a single count of stealing a motorcycle in connection with the double-killing outside a south Tulsa convenience store.

Prosecutors described Atchison, a former Jenks High School student, as the triggerman in a murder-for-hire plot. Atchison had been eligible for the death penalty.

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