Oklahoma appeals court tosses life sentence in rape case
November 23, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court on Wednesday tossed the life-without-parole sentence for a man convicted of raping an elderly woman, citing "alarming" prosecutorial misconduct during closing arguments in the case.
In its unanimous opinion, the Court of Criminal Appeals vacated the sentences of Travis Dillion Barnes for first-degree rape and burglary, and remanded the case for resentencing. The court described prosecutor Jared Sigler's commentary on Barnes' right to a trial during the closing arguments in the case was "nothing short of alarming."
The court noted the prosecut...