Oklahoma appeals court affirms life sentence in shooting
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 23-year-old man convicted of shooting another man to death in a dispute over possession of a stolen car.
The court ruled Thursday in the case of Joseph Johnson, age 20 at the time, who was convicted by a jury in Tulsa County of the Oct. 10, 2016, death of 23-year-old Quavis Cato.
Authorities say Cato was shot more than a dozen times in the dispute over the stolen vehicle. Defense attorneys claimed the shooting was self-defense and Johnson believed Cato was reaching into a vehicle to grab a weapon.
Authorities say Johnson was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two days after the shooting when three witnesses identified him as Cato’s assailant.
His attorney, Meghan LeFrancois, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.