Man sentenced to life in shooting death of Oklahoma deputy

A 47-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting an Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to life in prison.

District Judge Phillip Corley imposed the sentence late Thursday on Nathan LeForce after the jury deadlocked on his punishment. He will not be eligible for parole.

LeForce faced a possible death sentence after he was convicted of the April 18, 2017, shooting death of 40-year-old Logan County Deputy David Wade.

Jurors found LeForce guilty of first-degree murder Aug. 20 after viewing evidence over six days, including body camera video of Wade being fatally wounded while serving an eviction notice at a home near Mulhall, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City.

Prosecutors have said the video captured LeForce approaching Wade with a raised handgun and firing at the deputy. Wade was shot four times, including in the face, but returned fire and was able to call for backup.

Authorities said LeForce then took Wade’s patrol vehicle and drove at a high speed to a convenience store, where he stole another car at gunpoint. That car was found abandoned near Guthrie, where LeForce was later found hiding in an outbuilding and surrendered to police.

LeForce was also convicted on charges of larceny of a vehicle and armed robbery in the case. His jury recommended sentences of 30 years and 37 years on those charges, respectively.

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