OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction and 30-year prison sentence of a 21-year-old man convicted of shooting another man to death.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Michael Kenebrew of Midwest City. An Oklahoma County jury last year convicted Kenebrew of the Dec. 29, 2009, death of 21-year-old Jamal Tobias Colbert in a Del City parking lot.
Prosecutors sought a first-degree murder conviction in the case. They said Kenebrew shot the victim four times at close range from a friend's car, including three times in the back. Kenebrew later blamed a co-defendant for the shooting.
An after-hours phone call to Kenebrew's attorney, Paul Clark of the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office, was not immediately returned.