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OKC man sentenced in death of 3-month-old
An Oklahoma City father has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of his 3-month-old daughter.
Kentrell Latre Thomas, 23, entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder this month. That type of plea means Thomas maintains his innocence, but accepts a plea agreement.
Thomas also pleaded guilty to a child neglect offense. He admitted he knew his daughter, Jhanelle Martinez, was “sick and did not get her medical care.”
On Oct. 2, 2016, Jhanelle died at a hospital from blunt force trauma to the head. She reportedly suffered fatal skull fractures.
Oklahoma County prosecutors alleged Thomas “inflicted unreasonable force” on the child while alone with her on Sept. 28, 2016.
OKC man acquitted of first-degree murder
An Oklahoma City man acquitted of first-degree murder will still spend decades in prison for other crimes.
In March, an Oklahoma County jury found Derick L. Garrett, 23, not guilty in the Aug. 23, 2016, shooting death of Carlos Castro, 26. Jurors, however, convicted Garrett of kidnapping Castro and burglarizing his house before the fatal shooting.
The jury chose 20 years in prison as punishment for both the kidnapping and first-degree burglary offenses. This month, District Judge Ray Elliott ordered the punishments run consecutively, totaling 40 years in prison. Garrett is appealing.
Before the shooting, Garrett and an unknown male burglarized the house in southeast Oklahoma City, prosecutors alleged. Afterward, Garrett and additional unknown males kidnapped Castro from the house, police reported.
Castro later was found shot to death in the middle of the street in northeast Oklahoma City.
Defense attorneys argued there was no evidence to suggest Garrett was involved in killing Castro, documents show.
Four men sentenced in fatal 2015 robbery
Oklahoma County prosecutors have dismissed a first-degree murder charge against three men involved in a fatal 2015 robbery.
As part of a plea agreement, the men pleaded guilty last week to robbery with a firearm and prosecutors dismissed the murder count.
Steuquam Orange, 24, David Earl Love IV, 25, and Devon Dewayne Shaw, 26, all of Spencer, were sentenced to eight years in prison.
They robbed Tuan Lam, 37, on June 24, 2015, according to prosecutors. A fourth man, Mikecala M. Goosby, 22, of Oklahoma City, admitted to shooting and killing Lam during the robbery.
Goosby pleaded guilty in January to first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by life on probation.
Lam reportedly was a drug dealer. A witness reported one robber said they went to Lam's Oklahoma City house to rob “the weed man,” according to police.
The identity of a fifth robber isn't known.
OKC man sought on murder complaint
An Oklahoma City man was being sought by police Tuesday on a murder complaint.
Geoffrey Manville Joyce, 38, is accused of fatally stabbing Jerry Lee Livingston, 51, late Friday in northwest Oklahoma City.
Police found Livingston in the driver's seat of a parked car with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso, according to an arrest warrant filed in Oklahoma County District Court. Livingston later died at a hospital.
Witnesses identified Joyce, who goes by the street name “Wolf,” as the man who assaulted Livingston, police reported.
Kyle Schwab has been a reporter for The Oklahoman newspaper since 2013. He currently covers Oklahoma City courts. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a major in journalism. He... Read more ›