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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Sixth person sentenced slaying

  • Defendant draws life for part in murder.
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  • MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The last defendant charged in the 2011 shooting death of a Fort Gibson teenager has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
     
    Fredrick Watson Jr., 20, was sentenced for the killing of 17-year-old Ryan Satterfield, who was shot to death during a robbery on Nov. 23, 2011, the Muskogee Phoenix reported Friday (http://bit.ly/16U11ye ).
     
    Authorities said Watson wasn't the gunman but participated in the robbery that led to Satterfield's death. Watson was convicted in August of felony first-degree murder, and five others have been convicted or pleaded guilty in the death.
     
    Watson's attorney, Stephen Cale, said he would appeal. He had pushed for a suspended sentence that would require Watson to serve 25 years in prison.
     
    During the hearing, Watson addressed Satterfield's family, including his mother, Michelle Satterfield.
     
    "Mrs. Satterfield, I'd like to apologize," he said. "I know I can't bring your son back ... I'd like to apologize for my part."
     
    Michelle Satterfield asked to speak directly to Watson and told him she had forgiven him a long time ago.
     
    "It still doesn't change what happened," she said. "I appreciate what you said and that you looked me in the eye. It means a lot."
     
    Watson will be 58 years old by the time he's eligible for parole. The five others convicted in the case are serving sentences ranging from 30 years in prison to life in prison without parole.
     
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