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Oklahoma Court Upholds Conviction In Baseball Bat Slaying

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A man convicted of hitting and killing a father of three with a baseball bat last year is sentenced to ten years behind bars. A man convicted of hitting and killing a father of three with a baseball bat last year is sentenced to ten years behind bars.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a man who used a baseball bat to kill a man.

The court on Friday upheld the conviction and 10-year prison sentence of 25-year-old Eric Noyola in the 2014 death of 29-year-old Ricky Betancur.

Betancur died at a hospital several days after being hit in the head with the bat during an April 2014 fight at a southeast Oklahoma City sports complex.

Defense attorneys argued that Noyola was defending friends and family from a larger group that had started the fight.

Noyola's appeal included arguments that the jury should have been instructed on first-degree manslaughter and on the law of defense of another person.

4/15/16 Related Story: Families React To Noyola’s Sentence In The Death Of Ricky Betancur

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