Homicide

Oklahoma teenager sentenced to life in prison without parole in slaying of Australian player

  • FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015 file photo, Chancey Luna is led from the courtroom to the jail after being convicted in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla. District Court judge Ken Graham has handed down a sentence of life in prison without parole to Luna. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015 file photo, Chancey Luna is led from the courtroom to the jail after being convicted in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla. District Court judge Ken Graham has handed down a sentence of life in prison without parole to Luna. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, the memorial to Australian Christopher Lane is pictured at the site where he was killed Aug. 16, 2013, in Duncan, Okla. District Court judge Ken Graham has handed down a sentence of life in prison without parole to Chancey Luna in the murder of Lane. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, the memorial to Australian Christopher Lane is pictured at the site where he was killed Aug. 16, 2013, in Duncan, Okla. District Court judge Ken Graham has handed down a sentence of life in prison without parole to Chancey Luna in the murder of Lane. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015 file photo, Chancey Luna is led from the courtroom to the jail in shackles and handcuffs after being convicted in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla. District Court judge Ken Graham has handed down a sentence of life in prison without parole to Luna. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2015 file photo, Chancey Luna is led from the courtroom to the jail in shackles and handcuffs after being convicted in the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla. District Court judge Ken Graham has handed down a sentence of life in prison without parole to Luna. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Oklahoma teenager charged with killing an Australian college baseball player has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

District Court judge Ken Graham on Tuesday handed down the punishment to 18-year-old Chancey Allen Luna. A Stephens County jury had convicted Luna of first-degree murder in the August 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane.

Authorities say Lane was shot in the back while he was jogging in Duncan. Defense attorneys say Luna fired the shot, but only meant to scare Lane.

Graham delivered the sentence recommended by the jury in April after Luna was found guilty.

Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, was in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship.