Final Okla. Teen Sentenced in Murder of Australian Student

James Francis Edwards Jr., then 15, of Duncan, Okla.
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The final Oklahoma teenager involved in the 2013 shooting death of an Australian student has been sentenced, CBS News reports.

James Edwards Jr., now 18, was the last of four teens to be sentenced in the murder of 22-year-old Christopher Lane, who was shot to death while jogging in Duncan, Okla. Lane was in the U.S. on a baseball scholarship.


Edwards, who was charged as an adult, pleaded guilty in September to being an accessory to murder and was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison. However, CBS notes, 10 years of that sentence was suspended, and Edwards will also receive credit for the time he has already served.

According to the report, Edwards was initially charged with first-degree murder, but ultimately charges were downgraded after he agreed to testify against the three other teens involved in the death: Chancey Allen Luna, Michael DeWayne Jones and Odesse John David Barnes. The teens were driving around together in a car in August 2013 when Luna, then 18, shot Lane. Jones reportedly said that the teens shot the Australian native out of boredom.


Luna was sentenced to life in prison without parole, Jones was sentenced to life and Barnes was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Read more at CBS News

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