‘Bored’ Teen Convicted in Random ‘Thrill Kill’ of Oklahoma College Baseball Player
The bored 16-year-old who gunned down a college baseball player in Oklahoma simply because he and his two friends “had nothing to do,” is now a convicted murderer.
Chancey Allen Luna was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday for his role in the August 2013 drive-by shooting of Christopher Lane, a 23-year-old college student in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City.
Lane, an Australian attending East Central University, was jogging when he was shot in the back by a gun fired by Luna.
A jury recommended Friday that Luna spend life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to court records. The death penalty was not on the table in this case since Luna was under 18 at the time of the murder. He’ll be formally sentenced in June.
The vehicle’s driver, 17-year-old Michael Jones, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He’ll be eligible for parole starting in 2051, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
The third teenager, a 15-year-old who testified against Luna and Jones, will be tried as a juvenile with accessory to murder after the fact, according to CNN affiliate KSWO.
Duncan police Chief Danny Ford told Australian radio station 3AW that when police arrested the teens, Jones offered a motive that made clear that Lane, a baseball player on scholarship, was chosen at random.
“We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.”
After the verdict, Luna appeared to be crying as deputies led him out of the courtroom in handcuffs, whimpering “I’m sorry” to a reporter.