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dwards Given Death for Role In 2013 Killing

By ROBERT E. BARNES Special to the Chronicle

DUNCAN—An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for his role in the 2013 shooting death of an Australian baseball player.

James Francis Edwards, Jr., now 18, was the last of four suspects to be sentenced in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane in Duncan, about 80 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

Mr. Edwards, who was charged as an adult, pleaded guilty in September to being an accessory to murder.

Mr. Edwards was sentenced Last week to 25 years in prison, but 10 years of that was suspended, the Duncan Banner reported. He’ll also receive credit for nearly three years of time served.

Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, was in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship. He was preparing for his senior year at East Central University in Ada and visiting his girlfriend in Duncan in August 2013, when he was shot while jogging on a quiet street.

Mr. Edwards admitted in his guilty plea that he made a call from jail in Sept. 2013 asking a friend to hide the .22-caliber revolver used to kill Lane. The friend did not have the gun, which was

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