Good Friday Shooters Plead Guilty, Sentenced to Life
The two men charged in the Good Friday shooting have been sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty to murder charges.
Prosecutors announced this afternoon that Alvin Watts and Jacob England plead guilty to first degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.
Watts and England arrested after going on a shooting spree in North Tulsa during Easter weekend 2012. William Allen, Bobby Clark and Dannaer Fields were killed and two others were injured.
“Justice is served by this result,” Prosecutor Doug Drummond said. “These killers will spend the rest of their life behind bars for their actions on April 6.”
Both men had trials scheduled for 2014.
If the two had gone to trial, prosecutors said they planned to seek the death penalty. The decision to accept life without parole with the guilty plea was made in consultation with the victims’ families, Drummond said.
“There is no guarantee to what a jury may do at trial in regard to punishment,” Drummond said. “It also is difficult to predict what the state and federal appellate courts will do if you are successful at trial.”
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