McALESTER, Okla. -- A Texas man has pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge and received a life prison sentence.
Prosecutors had intended to seek the death penalty against 33-year-old Clint Edward Baker of Crockett, Texas. Baker was charged with stabbing fellow truck driver Todd Rich of California to death in March 2007.
The battered, bloody body of the 42-year-old Rich was found on a road near Bugtussle.
Baker entered the no contest plea on Thursday.
Pittsburg County Associate District Judge James Bland then sentenced Baker to life in prison with the possibility of parole, according to the terms of an agreement reached between Baker and District Attorney Jim Bob Miller's office.
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