Oklahoma court OKs life sentence in woman’s strangulation

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 25-year-old man convicted of strangling his girlfriend with a car seatbelt.

The court on Thursday upheld the conviction of Joshua Addington on a first-degree murder charge in Wagoner County for the 2013 death of 30-year-old Brooke Nicole Kinas.

Her body was found near a vehicle on Dec. 29. Investigators say initial reports indicated Kinas had taken her own life by hanging herself with the seatbelt in her car but that further investigation revealed a history of domestic violence by Addington against Kinas, who was trying to end the relationship.

Among other things, the appeals court rejected claims that Addington didn’t receive a fair trial. His attorney, Bobby Lewis, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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