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OKC Man Pleads Guilty to Rape of Child and Murder of Newborn Son

14-Apr-2017

An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for the rape of a 13-year-old girl and the murder of his newborn son born to the rape victim.

On Wednesday, Ron Deshawn Turner, 29, pleaded guilty to dozens of sex crimes involving the rape and sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl. He then admitting to killing 18-day-old Prince Williams in order to stop rumors that he was the father of the baby.

Last summer, the baby was found unresponsive in an Oklahoma City home. Police interviewed the infant's 13-year-old mother, who told them that Turner suffocated the baby in front of her by holding a pillow over his face. He said he wanted to stop "family rumors" that he was the father of the baby. DNA testing later confirmed that Turner was the father of the infant, providing conclusive evidence of his rape of the 13-year-old.

In pleading guilty to first degree murder in the newborn's death, Turner also admitted to dozens of sex crimes involving the 13-year-old girl and four other girls between August 2015 and August 2016, when the infant was killed. In total, he pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder, four counts of first degree rape, one count of possession of child pornography, one count of manufacturing child pornography, two counts of forcible sodomy, on count of lewd acts with a child under 16, and 39 counts of child sexual abuse.

His sentence is in accordance with a plea agreement.

However, the case is not completely resolved. A co-defendant in the case, Stephen Alexander Weeden, 27, is charged with six counts of first degree rape of the same 13-year-old girl. The girl told police that she had sex with Weeden multiple times, but only when Turner "made him" have sex with her. She says that Turner also had Weeden stand guard outside the bedroom when Turner would have sex with her.

Weeden's next court date is a Preliminary Hearing Conference scheduled for May 17.

First degree murder is punishable by life in prison or life without parole. Child sexual abuse and first degree rape also carry life sentences as the maximum penalty. Given the number and severity of charges in this case, life plus 20 years is much less than a person might receive under the circumstances.

In Oklahoma, a life sentence is calculated at 45 years for parole purposes. Because murder and rape are "85% Crimes," a person sentenced to life in prison for these offenses must serve a minimum of 38 years and 3 months in prison before becoming eligible for parole. If Turner's sentences are ordered to run consecutively, he must serve more than 55 years before he has even the possibility of parole, meaning he would be about 84 years old before he could be released from prison.



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