Tulsa County jury sentences killer to life plus 40 years
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Sunday, January 13, 2013
1/13/13 at 4:58 AM
A Tulsa County jury imposed sentences of life and 40 years in prison in connection with a shooting case where a man was killed and a woman survived being shot.
Jurors on Friday found Channen Ray Ozell Smith guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Dominique Eugene Jasper, who was shot on Oct. 23, 2010, outside a residence in the 1800 block of North Harvard Avenue. Jasper, 26, died about three weeks later.
The life sentence for murder requires Smith, 23, to serve more than 38 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.
Smith was also convicted of shooting with intent to kill, related to the wounding of a woman at the scene, Carlameisha Jefferson. Smith got a 20-year term for that crime.
Smith was also found guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon and discharging a firearm into a dwelling. He incurred two 10-year sentences for those offenses.
Assistant District Attorney Gary Davis said at the trial that two eyewitnesses identified Smith as the shooter.
Retaliation for a recent assault and fight was one motive for the shooting, with evidence indicating that Smith fired a semi-automatic handgun, according to Davis.
Assistant Public Defender Glen Dresback presented an alibi defense for Smith, asserting that he was in Claremore and not at the shooting scene.
In January 2011, Smith was sentenced to seven years in prison when his probation for drug and gun-possession offenses was revoked, records show.
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