An Earlsboro man who has already spent 32 years of his life behinds bars with the Department of Corrections is headed back to prison for a 37-year prison term.

An Earlsboro man who has already spent 32 years of his life behinds bars with the Department of Corrections is headed back to prison for a 37-year prison term.

A Pottawatomie County jury on Wednesday completed the second phase of a trial on a charge of soliciting for murder, recommending the defendant should be sentenced to 37 years for that crime.

Lawrence Raymond Silver Jr., 58, waived a pre-sentence investigation and District Judge John Canavan followed the jury's recommendation Wednesday and handed down formal sentencing.

Silver was accused, on or between May 1, 2016 and Jan. 19, 2017, while at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center, of soliciting another inmate to kill a witness by first-degree murder, court records show. That witness was set to testify in another case involving Silver.

The felony charge was originally filed in January 2017 and Silver was initially arrested on a $1 million warrant.

First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter said Silver is a dangerous man with a violent criminal history that includes a 1983 conviction for armed robbery, rape and rape by instrumentation relating to a Seminole County case. In that matter, a couple, both age 70, were robbed and terrorized in their home near Little in December 1982, news archives show.

Following his trial for that case back in 1983, that jury recommended Silver, who was 23 years old at that time, should serve 75 years in prison. DOC records show Silver spent 32 years in prison and was released in 2015, a few months before becoming involved in a Pottawatomie County case that resulted in charges in this county as well as the soliciting for murder charge that followed.

The trial in the soliciting for murder case began Monday with jury selection, then the state presented its evidence in the case Tuesday. The defense called no witnesses and the jury began its deliberations Tuesday afternoon, returning about 30 minutes later with the guilty verdict.

Wednesday's deliberations were set for the jury to consider sentencing, with Silver's prior felony convictions taken into consideration.

Silver will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he is transferred back to the Department of Corrections.