Sapulpa man pleads guilty to first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

Almost a year later, a family sees justice as Richard King, the man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a family member, is sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

King’s sentence was handed down on June 11th after he pled guilty to first-degree murder in the stabbing of Aaron Lett, and to a second charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

King was arrested on July 15th, 2023 after an altercation with the 15-year-old Lett led to King stabbing him multiple times, and also stabbing another 16-year-old juvenile that was later determined to be King’s son. Both boys were transported to the hospital, where Lett died of his injuries. The other teenager was treated and released.

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King pled guilty to the charges just prior to going to trial.

Richard King booking photo.

Despite the implication, the phrase “life sentence,” does not necessarily mean the convicted will spend the rest of their lives in jail. If the person is sentenced to life “with the possibility of parole,” under Oklahoma law, the definition of life is 45 years, with the requirement that they serve 85% of their sentence before they’re eligible for parole.

Using that formula, King will be 96 years old before he is eligible for parole.

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