A suspected murderer continues to be sentenced to dying for among the four Oklahoma murders he’s been charged with committing nearly twenty five years ago.
William Lewis Reece, 62, was sentenced to dying a week ago for that 1997 murder of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston.
Oklahoma County District Judge Susan Stallings requested Reece on Thursday if he’d prefer to say anything before she handed lower his sentence. He responded having a loud “no,” The Oklahoman reported.
“Likely to saying within the law, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied,'” Stallings then stated. “Justice won’t be delayed any more within this situation. I sentence you to definitely dying.”
Stallings’ sentence reflects a June jury decision where the dying penalty was suggested.
Johnston was the daughter of Reece’s mother’s closest friend. She disappeared from the vehicle wash in Bethany, Oklahoma in 1997. Investigators believed Reece stalked her before her kidnapping after which killing her. He was charged of both first-degree murder and kidnapping in June. Jury deliberated just for one hour. During the trial, Reece’s defense never debated that Reece wiped out Johnston. However, they contended that Reece had only confessed towards the killing just because a Texas Ranger told him that doing this is needed him avoid a dying penalty sentence.
Reece is charged with killing three other women, murders he’s also allegedly confessed to. He was billed in Galveston County in 2016 using the kidnapping and killing of two other teen girls in exactly the same area — 17-year-old Jessica Cain and 12-year-old Laura Smither. Reece also allegedly confessed to killing 20-year-old Kelli Cox, students in the College of North Texas. Cain, Smither, and Cox counseled me wiped out in 1997.
Reece had been serving a 60-year prison sentence in Texas for kidnapping when he led police towards the remains of Cain and Cox. He confessed to any or all four murders wishing that, consequently, prosecutors wouldn’t ask for the dying penalty.
Reece intends to appeal his sentence, based on the Oklahoman.
“He isn’t sorry,” Johnston’s mother, Kathy Dobry, told the opening. “He’s only a murderer. He does not worry about anybody but themself.”
She added, “In my opinion in God and all sorts of that however i won’t ever forgive him. And I am glad people can. Although not this momma.”
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