Apache man sentenced to life in prison attempting to withdraw guilty plea

Apache man sentenced to life in prison attempting to withdraw guilty plea

LAWTON, OK (TNN) - A man who was sentenced to life in prison for a deadly stabbing in Lawton in 2016 wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Joshua Codynah accepted a blind plea two years ago and admitted to stabbing Michael Mithlo and a woman during a burglary.

Mithlo died from his injuries.

Thursday, Codynah’s new attorney filed an application withdrew his guilty plea. He says Codynah did not understand the consequences of his initial plea.

He also says his attorney at the time was ineffective in representing him.

According to the withdrawal application, Codynah was not advised that family members would testify at his sentencing hearing, which is what he was trying to avoid with his plea.

It also claims he was denied the chance to tell his side of the story.

His attorney wrote that Codynah was, quote, “grievously misled to his detriment,” and without that advice he would have never entered the plea.

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