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Oklahoma man pleads guilty to involvement in slaying of Australian baseball player

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DUNCAN, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a college baseball player from Australia.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1DV6xSK ) reports that 19-year-old Michael DeWayne Jones was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the killing of Christopher Lane in 2013. He will be eligible for parole in 36 years.

Prosecutors say Jones was driving when a friend in his car fired the shot that killed Lane, who was out jogging in the city of Duncan, about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. As part of the plea deal, Jones will not testify against his friend, Chancey Allen Luna, whose trial on a first-degree murder charge is set to begin next month.

Lane, a 22-year-old from Melbourne, was visiting his girlfriend before starting his senior year at East Central University in Ada, a town about 80 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Investigators have said he was randomly targeted by bored teenagers.

PHOTO: FILE - In this March 12, 2014, file photo shot through a courtroom door, defendant Chancey Luna, left, is led from the courtroom following a hearing in Duncan, Okla. At right is defendant Michael Jones. Jones was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, March 24, 2015, after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his involvement in the killing of Christopher Lane, a college baseball player from Australia, in 2013. He will be eligible for parole in 36 years. As part of the plea deal, Jones will not testify against his friend, Luna, whose trial on a first-degree murder charge is set to begin next month. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this March 12, 2014, file photo shot through a courtroom door, defendant Chancey Luna, left, is led from the courtroom following a hearing in Duncan, Okla. At right is defendant Michael Jones. Jones was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, March 24, 2015, after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his involvement in the killing of Christopher Lane, a college baseball player from Australia, in 2013. He will be eligible for parole in 36 years. As part of the plea deal, Jones will not testify against his friend, Luna, whose trial on a first-degree murder charge is set to begin next month. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Jones had been charged with first-degree murder, and could have faced life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

In court Tuesday, Jones apologized to Lane's girlfriend and her parents, and asked for forgiveness.

"I pray for you all daily," he said.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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