By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man has been sentenced to serve 50 years in prison for shooting to death a Yukon convenience store clerk.
George Lorenz Way, 23, was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery with a weapon July 14 in Canadian County District Court.
Way on April 22 entered a “blind” guilty plea to the felony charges for killing 7-Eleven employee Laura Taylor in September 2020. He previously waived his right to a jury trial.
Impact statements were read by members of the victim’s family and Way’s family during the July 14th sentencing hearing.
District Judge Jack D. McCurdy II listened to witness testimony and then heard closing arguments by Assistant District Attorney Jenna Brown and defense attorney Kent Bridge.
Judge McCurdy sentenced Way to life in state Department of Corrections’ custody, suspending that sentence except for the first 50 years.
5 YEARS FOR BEATING
Way also was convicted July 14 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and battery for beating another inmate in September 2021 at the Canadian County Jail.
Judge McCurdy ordered him to serve five years in prison, with that sentence to run consecutive to the murder and robbery case.
Way will be supervised by DOC after his release from prison while on probation. He also was ordered to pay fines, jail fees and costs.
Way shot Taylor to death Sept. 3, 2020, in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 1601 S Mustang Road. Oklahoma City Police investigated the incident.
Way had used a 9 mm Taurus handgun to rob money from the store where Taylor was working.
The clerk followed Way outside the store where she was shot and killed as Way fled on foot.
Taylor, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Way lived an apartment complex in the 11500 block of S.W. 15th near the 7-Eleven where he killed the Yukon woman.