Jury convicts teen of setting fire that killed elderly couple
BY TIM WILLERT Newsok.com
Saturday, February 23, 2013
A jury deliberated nearly eight hours Friday before convicting a teenager of setting a fire that killed an elderly couple in their south Oklahoma City home.
Jurors found Tristan Owen, 17, guilty of two counts of manslaughter in the first degree and one count of arson in the first degree.
Panel members, though, could not agree to convict Owen of first-degree murder.
If they had, Owen would have been sentenced as an adult for killing Boyd Haynes, 87, and his wife, Doris Haynes, 86, and could have spent the rest of his life in prison.
Instead, Owen faces up to 18 years in prison after jurors recommended four years on each of the manslaughter counts and 10 years for the arson count.
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