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Oklahoma appeals court upholds life sentence in gang slaying


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 42-year-old man convicted of shooting a rival gang member to death.

The court returned the ruling Thursday to Eric Tyrone Bradford, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury in Tulsa County in the April 30, 2016, shooting death of 37-year-old Daniel Watashe.

Prosecutors alleged Bradford, a member of the Hoover Crips street gang, "stalked" Watashe before fatally shooting him. During an August 2016 preliminary hearing, two witnesses testified that Bradford had confronted Watashe, a member of the Neighborhood Crips gang, about his relationship with a woman.

Among other things, the appeals court rejected arguments that evidence was improperly admitted at Bradford's trial. Bradford's attorney, Richard Couch, didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.