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Oklahoma appeals court affirms conviction in fatal shooting

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a man convicted of fatally shooting his stepbrother following a long-simmering family feud.

The Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Thursday to 52-year-old John Patrick Williamson of Broken Bow. Williamson was convicted of first-degree murder by a McCurtain County jury in the May 6, 2015 shooting death of his stepbrother, 46-year-old Michael Sean Daniel.

The appeals court ruling said the shooting was the culmination of a squabble between Williamson and his stepmother’s family, includin Daniel, that began after Williamson’s father died.

Williamson was arrested a day after the shooting by an Arkansas State Police trooper as he walked along a state highway in Hempstead County in southwestern Arkansas.

Williamson’s attorney, Meghan LeFrancois, declined comment on the ruling.