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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Man convicted in 5 OKC slayings gets life sentence

  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man convicted of fatally stabbing five women more than 20 years ago has received five life sentences after his original death sentence was thrown out by a federal appeals court.
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man convicted of fatally stabbing five women more than 20 years ago has received five life sentences after his original death sentence was thrown out by a federal appeals court.
     
    Danny Keith Hooks was convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of Sandra Thompson, Phyllis Adams, LaShawn Evans, Carolyn Watson and Fransill Roberts in 1992.
     
    Hooks was initially sentenced to death but that was overturned in 2010 by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that statements from the trial judge and prosecutors coerced the jury into returning death sentences.
     
    Hooks was resentenced Thursday to five consecutive life sentences without parole. District Attorney David Prater tells The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1pWtDBS ) that prosecutors decided not to retry Hooks because so much time had passed since the killings.
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