WEWOKA — Before an emotionally charged courtroom Tuesday afternoon, A Konawa teen-ager, admittedly guilty of murder and robbery, received a life without parole sentence.

Nineteen-year-old Sonny Jase Collinsworth pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to murder in the first degree and robbery with a firearm for the Aug. 19, 2004, shooting death of 61-year-old Silas Price Jr, also known as "Junior".

Collinsworth is the stepson of a man Price and his late wife raised as a foster child.

Price, who had worked at Konawa's Streetman's Grocery IGA since the early 1960's, was found robbed and murdered inside his home from multiple gunshot wounds to the face and chest, according to court documents.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation special agent Gary Perkinson said in an affidavit, Price's wounds were consistent with those of a 12-gauge shotgun.

According to the affidavit, investigators identified Collinsworth on video in an Ada store purchasing items with Price's stolen credit card, one day after the murder.

Collinsworth was denied bond while awaiting trial and incarcerated in the Hughes County jail where he was recently involved in an escape attempt. On Jan. 14, Collinsworth and three other inmates allegedly assaulted a jailer in an attempt to obtain his keys then set fire to the underground jail.

Collinsworth's attorney, Tim Laughlin of Norman called 10 witnesses to testify before District Judge George W. Butner at Tuesday's sentencing hearing. Collinsworth listened with a stone-cold face to the repeated testimony describing his neglected, abusive childhood.

Once Collinsworth's emotional father took the stand and blamed himself for his son's troubled life, Collinsworth began to quietly weep at his seat.

Laughlin attempted to prove to the court through testimony that although misguided, given Collinsworth's extensive juvenile record, his behavior showed signs of improvement when in a structured setting. Laughlin requested Collinsworth receive life with the possibility of parole so he would have the chance at rehabilitation.

The state, represented by District Attorney Bill Peterson and Assistant District Attorney Tim Olsen, provided the court victim impact statements written by Price's family. An excerpt read, "Silas Price Jr. was a kind, caring, generous and loyal person. His death is a great loss to our family."

"Sonny Collinsworth is a threat to himself and to the community," Olsen said. "He's got to be held accountable for his actions."

"I have labored over this matter, this is one of the toughest decisions I've had to make," Butner said. "Clearly this young man is in need of help. This kid was yelling and screaming for help early on."

"On the charge of murder in the first degree, it is with great reluctance I sentence you to life without parole," Butner told Collinsworth.

"I have reservations about whether Mr. Silas Price Jr. would have given up on you, he would have tried to save you, but because it is my sentence to give, that is what it is," Butner said.

Collinsworth also received a life sentence on the robbery charge to run concurrently.

"I think justice was served. That crime called for that sentence." Price's younger sister Joyce Martin said. "I sincerely believe Sonny can't be rehabilitated, otherwise we would have asked for life with the possibility of parole."

"We didn't want to ask for death because then his family would be going through what we are going through now," Price's niece Janet Lee said.

"I've known the family for years and I hurt for his family," Martin said. "We've got to go on with our lives, as 'Junior' would say 'We'll take it one day at a time.'"