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Oklahoma man sentenced to life in prison

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Poteau, OK - A judge has sentenced a man from Cameron, Oklahoma, to a life sentence in prison without parole for the murder of his former brother-in-law.

A LeFlore County jury convicted Raymond Larry Nichols of Cameron of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of Donald Joe Neff.

Authorities say Neff was shot once in the back of the head outside of his bar in Poteau.

His body was discovered three days later in a strip pit in Pocola about 20 miles away.

Nichols has protested his guilt throughout court proceedings. His attorney argued no direct evidence links Nichols to the murder.

District Court Judge Jon Sullivan announced the sentence Thursday.

Source: Associated Press