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Oklahoma man sentenced to 25 years in prison in teen’s death

Johnny Mize Jr.

TULSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma man convicted of fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy who allegedly tried to steal a box of fireworks from a fireworks stand has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Tulsa County court records indicate the sentence was handed down Friday to 33-year-old Johnny Mize Jr., who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the July 4, 2017, shooting death of 15-year-old Jake Ulrich.

Prosecutors say the teenager was fatally shot after he and his adult cousin allegedly tried to steal a $600 box of fireworks from a stand owned by Mize’s father on Independence Day.

Authorities say Mize jumped into the bed of a pickup truck in which the suspects tried to flee. The truck was later abandoned and Jake Ulrich’s body was found slumped over in the cab.

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