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Okla. appeals court upholds life sentence in death

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 42-year-old man convicted in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman.

The court handed down the decision Thursday in the case of Alonzo Cortez Johnson. Johnson was convicted in Tulsa County of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 2008 murder-for-hire of Neal Sweeney.

Sweeney, a 63-year-old former Tulsa football star, was shot in the head on Sept. 4, 2008, at his business and died the next day. Sweeney ran Retail Fuels Marketing, which had stopped fuel delivery to stores operated by Mohammed Aziz. Aziz pleaded guilty in 2012 to soliciting Sweeney's murder.

Craig Sutter of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, which represented Johnson, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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