State Appeals Court Upholds Life Sentence For Claremore Man


Thursday, May 5th 2016, 8:31 am
By: News On 6


The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 39-year-old Claremore man who was convicted of strangling a woman and throwing her body off a highway bridge.

The court handed down the ruling Wednesday in the case of Vance Wright, who was convicted in Rogers County of first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Kelsey Bray.

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Bray's decomposed body was discovered by a mowing crew in October 2011 under a bridge on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Rogers County. 

Among other things, the court rejected Wright's claim of insufficient evidence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.