Good Friday shooters plead guilty, sentenced to life in prison


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Updated: 12/17/2013 5:03 pm Published: 12/16/2013 4:54 pm


The two men accused in the Good Friday shootings pleaded guilty on Monday and were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jacob England and Alvin Watts were each sentenced after pleading guilty to three first degree murder charges and two shooting with intent to kill charges. 

England and Watts pleaded guilty to the April 6, 2012 shooting deaths of Dannear Fields, Bobby Clark and William Allen.  Deon Tucker and David Hall were also shot and injured by Watts and England. 

The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office announced in January they would seek the death penalty against both men. 

"Justice is served by this result. These killers will spend the rest of the life behind bars for their actions on April 6," said Tulsa County First Assistant Doug Drummond. 

Drummond said the decision on these sentences were made after meeting with the family of the victims. One issue that came up was the long process before the death penalty phase.  Drummond said this sentence gives the families closure.

England and Watts were also sentenced to one year for the misdemeanor charge of malicious intent, that's because the victims were targeted because they were African American. 

In a handwritten note he read before sentencing, England apologized to the African American community, writing: 

"To the families of the victims and the African American Community.

First, allow me to apologize sincerely that these innocent people got caught up in my chaotic, self-destructive, downward spiral. Not only the families but the entire city of Tulsa lost three innocent lives. There are no words to express the sorrow and guilt I feel for what I have done.

In a weak, trying time of my life I have done something that will affect not only my life, but the victims and their families' lives as well. There is no excuse for my actions, but I wanted to take a moment to personally express my regret.  I must live with this in my heart until the end of my days.

I hope that many people will be able to forgive me for my poor actions. No one was deserving for my grudge and anger against African people. I know nothing I can say will ever bring the victims back, but know to the end of my days their names will be etched on my heart and their families and friends will forever remain in my prayers. 

To all of Tulsa and the African American community I am deeply sorry. 

Sincerely, Jacob England." 

FOX23 reached out to victims of England and Watts, they said they did not want to talk about the sentencing, they said it was too painful and is over.

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