Oklahoma appeals court won’t reconsider man’s life sentence

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals will not reconsider the life-without-parole sentence of a man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder to avoid the death penalty.

The court, on Thursday, rejected a request for an evidentiary hearing filed by 27-year-old Gerald Jackson, who pleaded guilty to murder and other charges in the January 2012 shooting death of 25-year-old Christopher Trevino of Oklahoma City. Trevino’s body was found in his home after a home invasion was reported to police.

Jackson pleaded guilty in order to avoid a possible death sentence and asked the appeals court to review his case after he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jackson said he was not happy with his sentence and claimed his attorneys were ineffective.

Virginia Sanders, Jackson’s appellate attorney, declined comment.