The final stage of the case of the State of Oklahoma vs. Nathan LeForce came to an end Friday afternoon in the courtroom of Logan County District Judge Phillip Corley.
The trial itself took 12 days, with over 80 hours of testimony. When the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on sentencing after deliberating five hours and forty minutes on August 29 the case was turned over to Judge Phillip Corley to recommend sentencing. Judge Corley recommended that LeForce be sentenced to life without parole on the David Wade murder charge. The jury had also recommended on August 21 that LeForce be sentenced to 30 years in Department of Corrections custody on the Larceny of a Motor Vehicle after two former felony convictions. On the charge of Armed Robbery in the First Degree after a previous conviction, the jury also recommended 37 years in prison.
Judge Corley sentenced LeForce to life in prison without parole and announced that the two other sentences of 30 and 37 years be served consecutively with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. LeForce, 47, was remanded backed to the sheriff’s custody pending transfer to a DOC facility. The defense waived their right to appeal.
LeForce told Judge Corley that David Wade did not deserve what happened and that he was sorry for what he did.