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March 7, 2014

Juvenile gets no-parole life sentence

Duncan — A judge in Oklahoma has sentenced a teenager to life in prison without parole for the stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Anthony Ray was charged as an adult in the June 2013 slaying of Alyssa Wiles of Duncan. Ray pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in December and was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge Joe Enos.

Prosecutors alleged that Ray stabbed Wiles with a kitchen knife because the girl had broken up with him.

The Duncan Banner reports that Ray’s mother, Dawn Ray, urged leniency, saying that her son had a difficult upbringing. 

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles were unconstitutional. But the high court left open the possibility for judges to impose no-parole sentences on a case-by-case basis.

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