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GUILTY: Man convicted, sentenced in murder trial

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LAWTON,OK (KSWO) - Friday night, after 7 hours of deliberation, a Comanche County jury convicted Robert Long of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Johnny Allen in a Lawton motel during a robbery in 2014.

Their verdict followed two days of testimony, and closing arguments from both attorneys this morning. Members of Allen's family, including his brother, anxiously awaited the jury's decision all day.
Danny Allen says after the first trial back in January resulted in a hung jury, he was happy to see justice was served for his brother.

Allen talked about his brother's character, and what he would say to Long if he could.

"It was wrong what he'd done,” said Allen. “My brother was a good person. He could have come at my brother and he would have given him every dime he had. He didn't have to shoot him. But my brother didn't deserve that. He was a better person than that."

Initially, there was some confusion regarding their verdict, because the jury also found Long not guilty of attempted robbery.  But the judge said he could not accept a guilty verdict for murder without also convicting Long of the lesser charge.  They were sent back to the jury room, and came back with a guilty verdict on that count as well. 

After the verdict was handed down, the jury went back into the jury room to decide on Long's sentence. After an hour and a half, they sentenced Long to life in prison with the chance for parole.

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