Smith pleads guilty to second degree murder


August 18, 2023

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Keaton Dale Smith, 20, of Alva, was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to murder in the second degree by imminent dangerous conduct. The final 10 years of the sentence is suspended with Smith remaining on probation under the supervision of Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Smith was charged following an April 1, 2022, stabbing in Alva. Peter Christopher Lewis, 53, of Alva, was stabbed four times and died of his wounds. The stabbing followed an argument that culminated in Lewis punching Smith in the mouth. Then Smith went inside the house and returned with knives. After being stabbed once, Lewis started walking away. Smith followed and another physical altercation occurred. Lewis put Smith in a chokehold, and Smith stabbed him three more times, according to court records.

Before sentencing, the Woods County Court heard victim impact statements from Lewis’s two daughters, his nephew and the mother of his daughters.

At the time of his sentencing, Smith owed the Woods County Court fund $28,602.93, which is required to be paid within 180 days of his release or he must appear in court regarding payment.


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