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Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals affirms Wagoner County man's conviction

Posted at 3:44 PM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 16:44:20-04

The Wagoner County District Attorney's office said a Wagoner County man lost his final appeal with Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Friday.

Jack Thorp said Michael Lee Smith, 60, failed to show the court that the state presented insufficient evidence and he didn't receive a fair trial.

Lee was found guilty of burning down his home and shooting his family's animals back in 2014.

"This was a complex case with several elements, and I'm proud of the effort my office put into bringing a serious criminal to justice," Thorp said.

In addition to his 12-year sentence on drug-related crimes, Smith will also serve 32 years on first-degree arson and three counts of cruelty to animals.

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